James L. Crow
Born in Ohio in 1933, James L. Crow has made a lifetime commitment to the horse in both his personal and professional life.
Crow majored in art at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955. He began his professional career at American Greeting Corporation in Cleveland, and much of his early work was accomplished as a free lance illustrator and painter. In 1954, he married his wife Molly, whose passion for horses matched his own. Twenty-five years later, they realized a dream when they moved to Kentucky and purchased a small horse farm. Surrounded by the legendary beauty of the Bluegrass, Crow began focusing on equine subjects, and in 1983, was able to go full time as a fine artist.
James Crow often uses his own horses as models for his famed pastoral scenes, and has been described as a master in capturing the ambiance of the Bluegrass. He is equally talented in a number of media, including oil, watercolor and charcoal. His unique translucent style and use of romantic light has found universal appeal.
Crow's work is honored in permanent collections throughout the United States, England and Japan. His structural accuracy has ensured numerous portrait commissions of champion horses, including the favorite broodmare of the Marchioness of Tavistock, Bedfordshire, England; the champion race mare Safely Kept; Kentucky Derby winner Affirmed; and twice Maryland Million champion Timely Warning.
His paintings have been on display at the Headley-Whitney Museum, the International Museum of the Horse, the Kentucky Horse Park Museum, the J. B. Speed Museum, and the Kentucky Derby Museum. He is an appointed member of the American Academy of Equine Artists, and has won numerous awards in AAEA exhibitions, including "Best of Show," "Best Sporting Work" and "Best Watercolor."
James L. Crow has been featured in Mid West Art Magazine (cover), American Saddlebred (cover), Art Digest , Equine Images (cover), Saddle & Bridle and National Horseman , among other publications. Examples of his work also are found in John Fairley's book Racing In Art , published in England by John Murray.