PMW GALLERY


WHEELER, LARRY

Crossing The Stream

oil on canvas

16¾ x 20¾”



Old Dogwood Morning

oil on masonite

13 x 17”



Circus Pony

oil on canvas

17⅛ x 21⅜"




Under Starter’s Orders

oil on canvas

17⅛ x 21⅛”



Saratoga Paddock

acrylic on bristol board

19½ x 22¾”


Atlanta Hall

oil on canvas
mounted on board

7 x 9”




Kentucky River Palisades

oil on illustration board

6¾ x 8¾”



River Sunset

oil on illustration board

6⅞ x 8¾”




Frosty Morning

oil on canvas
mounted on board

6¾ x 8¾”




Brown Cattle

oil on masonite

13 x 17”



Black and White Cows

oil on masonite

12½ x 15⅝”



Coffee Cup

oil on canvas
mounted on board   

10⅞ x 12¾”




Little Potato

oil on canvas

9 x 11”



Shrooms

oil on masonite

10¾ x 12¾”




Loaf of Bread

oil on canvas board

12 x 14"




Autumn Light

(Studio Window)

oil on canvas
8¾ x 6¾”



N. Y. Morning

oil on canvas
mounted on board

6⅞ x 8⅞”



Biography

Larry Dodd Wheeler was born in Fairmount, north of Atlanta, Georgia in 1942. He attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where he earned a BFA, and an MFA from their Hoffberger School of Painting. After completing undergraduate work, he trained as a painting conservator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. He also worked in DC at the Corcoran Gallery, then as a painting conservator and consultant in private practice in Baltimore for many years, balancing that work with his career as a painter. He had several successful one-man exhibitions in Baltimore, exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and was the primary conservator on the restoration of the Leon Bakst designs in the theater at Baltimore’s Evergreen House in 1966.

The direction of Wheeler’s work changed abruptly in 1980, when he watched Spectacular Bid working out at Maryland’s Laurel Racetrack. Larry says, “A client took me over to Laurel, and we spent the morning looking at horses. Watching Spectacular Bid run, I knew immediately, there at the track, that I was feeling something intense and compelling, something different from the feelings I had had about painting before. Something in me had changed. The environment of the track, the owners and trainers, the jockeys, back-stretch followers, the people in the stables – it all interested me absolutely, in a starkly positive way. I knew then, I wanted to paint that life.”

Shortly after his life-changing experience at Laurel, Wheeler had a one-man exhibit at Lizzie Merryman’s Monkton, MD gallery, which introduced him to more of his neighbors in the Maryland racing scene. He began painting many of Maryland’s noted steeplechase jockeys and their horses. His focus has centered on the equine industry since then, and his work includes documenting much of the horse industry in New York, Maryland and Kentucky. Larry also delights in painting the landscape of the hunt scene and the sport of polo.

Noted thoroughbreds Wheeler has been commissioned to paint recently include Rachael Alexandra, Horse of the Year 2009, for Stonestreet Stables; and Proud Spell, for Kentucky owner Brereton Jones.

Wheeler was also commissioned to paint Breeder’s Cup Distaff winner Storm Flag Flying, as well as 2001 Derby winner, Monarchos, and millionaire winning thoroughbred Eddington.

Larry Dodd Wheeler now lives and paints in the historic town of Washington, GA.








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