HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (www.hartough.com), will exhibit at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Hartough will be present in the U.S. Open Merchandise Pavilion all week, June 11-17, where she will have both canvas and fine art paper prints displayed and available for purchase of her new painting, The Olympic Club, 8th Hole, Lake Course, in commemoration of this year's U.S. Open Championship. This is Hartough's 23rd painting in her U.S. Open series, commissioned by the United States Golf Association. Offered in a limited edition of 850 prints and an additional 85 artist proofs, each is signed and numbered by the artist.
"Every year I look forward to attending the U.S. Open Championship," said Hartough. "This year's venue, The Olympic Club, is truly beautiful and a perfect setting not only to enjoy the Championship, but to exhibit my work and talk with people who appreciate golf-landscape art. I enjoy getting to meet those who have collected my prints in the past and those who are new collectors. I like to personalize their prints to commemorate their U.S. Open experience."
Hartough's painting, a classic and elegant rendering, is of the new eighth hole at The Olympic Club, which has been sculpted into the amphitheater-like hillside beneath the Lakeside Clubhouse. Through her attention to detail and realistic perspective, Hartough captured the dramatic mood and natural beauty of the landscape.
"If you have ever played any of the holes that Linda has painted, you would say to yourself, 'Is that a photograph or a painting?'" said Chris Stein, PGA Head Golf Professional at The Olympic Club. "The way she captures the terrain, beauty and color is magnificent."
About Linda Hartough
A confirmed artist since childhood, early in her career Hartough painted landscapes, portraits and horses. In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event which propelled Hartough toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Since then, her work has achieved a distinguished status, displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Known for extraordinary attention to detail in her recreation of some of golf's most beautiful holes, Hartough imbues her paintings with admiration for the scenery's natural beauty and respect for the game's history and tradition, elements which seem to emerge from the canvas.
Hartough's paintings of various holes at Augusta National Golf Club are prized by collectors the world over. In addition, Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990, commissioned by the U.S. Golf Association - a series she continues to this day - as well as the official British Open Championship series from 1990-1999.
Hartough is a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.
For more information, visit www.hartough.com.
Sally J. Sportsman