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Susan Sommer-Luarca Selected as Official Artist of American Pharoah


Oakland Gardens, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/27/2015 -- Zayat Stables and Leverage Agency have announced that artist Susan Sommer-Luarca has been selected as Official Artist for Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. Susan Sommer-Luarca is an internationally renowned thoroughbred horse racing artist. Susan has been the Artist for the Kentucky Derby, Official Preakness Artist, Belmont Stakes Artist, Official Triple Crown Artist, Breeders Cup Artist and Official Travers Stakes Artist. Susan has also been commissioned to paint at many of this nation's largest sporting events including Official USA Olympic Team Artist for the Beijing and Vancouver Olympic Games, NFL Super Bowl XVll Artist and Official PGA Tour Artist just to name a few. Susan is the only artist in Thoroughbred horse racing history to complete a painting LIVE at all three legs of the Triple Crown, and was the first and only artist to paint LIVE at the Belmont Stakes when Triple Crown history was being made. Susan has been creating both paintings and sculpture work for more than thirty years and her art is widely collected throughout the world.

You can find out more about Susan on her website

From Zayat Stables, Justin Zayat stated, "We are thrilled to have Susan as Official Artist of American Pharoah. When I met Susan at the Preakness, I was blown away by her beautiful paintings! We are looking forward to Susan's future extraordinary works as she continues to create iconic paintings and sculptures of American Pharoah."

From Leverage Agency, CEO Ben Sturner stated, "We have a very high standard of excellence that we require to meet our client's needs. We selected Susan because of her outstanding painting and sculpture work as well as her long and very accomplished career in thoroughbred horse racing. We believe that the most outstanding thoroughbred race horse in history, American Pharoah, deserves an equally outstanding artist as Susan Sommer-Luarca."

From her studio, Susan Sommer-Luarca stated, "I am honored to have been selected as American Pharoah's Official Artist. I was fortunate to witness the Triple Crown in person, painting American Pharoah LIVE at the finish line as the Official Artist of the Preakness Stakes, and then on to The Belmont Stakes where I was positioned on the rail of the final turn to capture this iconic event on canvas. I am excited to create more Official paintings and sculptures commemorating American Pharoah as he continues to make horse racing history."

About Susan Sommer-Luarca
Susan Sommer-Luarca grew up on a ranch in southwest Missouri. A self-taught artist, she was drawing and painting the many horses on the farm with great attention to detail at a very young age. Susan has now been painting fine works of art for more than thirty years, capturing humankind, wildlife, all things equine, and the world around us for all to enjoy.

Media Contact:
Zayat Stables, Justin Zayat
Leverage Agency, Ben Sturner
Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art, Susan Sommer-Luarca