Front Royal, Virginia
As the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) in Middleburg, Virginia, I have an amazing opportunity to share my passion for animal and sporting art through organizing loan exhibitions. It was an honor to be hired for the curatorial position underwritten by the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation at the beginning of 2012. My title carries with it the legacy of a man and the conviction of a family and Foundation that value country life enough to share its art, literature, and culture for the future.
I have researched and written about sporting art for eighteen years. From 1998 to 2012, I worked as Assistant Director, and then Director, of Red Fox Fine Art, a gallery in Middleburg that specializes in animal, sporting, and American paintings and sculpture. I watched the National Sporting Library become the NSLM, driving past the site every day as the historic Federal-style building on the campus was renovated and expanded into the Museum that opened in October 2011.
I fell in love with the paintings and sculpture depicting animals and sporting subjects for their genuine and straightforward narrative and appeal. The imagery is born from the rhythms of the land, and the history of its animals and people. There are stories in these beautiful paintings that are waiting to be told, and I count myself lucky to have the opportunity to interpret and share them every day.