Western artist Chuck Centers has created a unique painting honoring the Tevis Cup endurance ride. The painting is of a horse’s head, but hidden within are several things unique to the Tevis Cup ride. How many can you find?
Chuck has generously donated the rights to this unique piece of art to the Western States Trail Foundation. We will give a canvas print that has been hand embellished by the artist to the Signature riders for 2015.
Chuck Centers spends his days riding horses and painting whether he is at home in Sacramento or his second home in Taos, New Mexico. It's a serene existence, afforded by a successful and varied career path to retirement. Like his work as a painter, Chuck's first job involved using his hands but in a very different way. He was a professional fighter. With 16 pro fights to his claim, he moved on to his next career where he was clubbed "the fighting barber." In 1963, he opened Sacramento's first men's styling salon near the capitol where he soon earned a new title: hair stylist to the state's best known politicians and lobbyists. Next on the career ladder was real estate broker, the job he retired from in 2002 to devote his full attention to painting and his love of horses. He now competes in endurance racing events. He is a self-taught painter with the philosophy that you learn by doing. You can find his work on display at the Thomas Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. His inspiration comes from more than a keen observance of life in the West. An Endurance (horse) Rider who is the 2003 National Champion Endurance Rider for the 50-mile ride, he spends many hours training with one of his Arabian horses in and around the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He competed and finished the grueling 100 miles Tevis Cup race 3 times. It's on those rides that he frequently takes out his smart phone and snaps a photo that will eventually become an oil painting. Chuck has shown his work in Lake Tahoe, Auburn, Sacramento and the Napa Valley area. He currently enjoys a popular and successful exhibit in his gallery in Taos, New Mexico.