My appreciation for golf art has grown steadily over the years. The interest began in St Andrews, spending time in many of the local clubs that act as homes to beautiful collections. I am by no means an art expert, but I love the different aspects of golf captured by artists. For instance, the painting above is a cross section of a work by Dave Baysden. He painted it from a photo I took during my round at Cypress Point and I highly suggest reading his interview!
The collection of interviews and articles below will feature conversations with golf artists ranging from famous names to people who have only recently discovered their talent. I have greatly enjoyed speaking to each person, gaining more knowledge along the way! I hope that the content here sparks your interest and helps you learn a little about golf art along the way.
A Conversation with Aimee Smith
I first came across Aimee Smith in 2021 when she sent me a direct message on Instagram. Aimee was looking for reference photos of Royal Dornoch and I happily sent her a handful of images of the fifth hole. Ever since, I’ve followed Aimee’s work and have watched with admiration as she uses the tools of social media to connect with her audience and bring us along in her creative process.
A Feature of Opening Drive
It’s hard to believe that prior to this year no image or painting had ever been created to capture the moment of the opening drive at the first Open Championship. With serious research and a collaboration with a talented artist, Professor David Purdie has recreated that moment on oil and canvas. The painting itself is special, but the story behind it is equally interesting and historic.
A Conversation with Mike Cocking
Mike Cocking is an Australian golf course architect, who, with his partners at OCCM Golf, is gaining fame around the world. His interview offers valuable insight into the design world, where Mike sketches on everything from paper to dirt and sand to help plan a project.
A Conversation with Riley Jones
Riley Johns is a golf course architect who uses drawings and sketches to complement his design work. He won the Lido Prize in 2014 for his “Lost Hole at Cypress Point” and his name has been growing ever since.
A Conversation with Olivera Cejovic
Olivera manages to capture the emotion and excitement of a scene in her artwork. Mainly focusing on golfers instead of landscapes, she has drawn some of the most memorable and epic moments in golf history.
A Conversation with Kenneth Reed
Kenneth Reed has the ability to make a normal landscape painting feel alive. His takes his chosen medium, watercolor, and he makes it his own in a way that causes you to study each painting, looking for every possible detail.READ THE KENNETH REED INTERVIEW
A Conversation with Linda Hartough
Linda Hartough proves that a painting can improve upon a beautiful photograph. A commission early in her career from Augusta National Golf Club propelled Hartough up the ranks, leaving her today as one of the most well-known names in golf art.READ THE LINDA HARTOUGH INTERVIEW
A Conversation with Ballpark Blueprints
It doesn’t necessarily take a paint brush to create beautiful artwork. Thomas Young and Marvin Larson prove that point with their meticulously created course routing and clubhouse “blueprints” that all started with a passion for baseball.READ THE BALLPARK BLUEPRINTS INTERVIEW
A Conversation with Dave Baysden
Immediately upon seeing both the style and subject matter of Dave’s paintings, I knew we would get along. It was only in the last couple of years that Dave began to set his mind to painting, reminding himself of the joy he finds in the artistic creative outlet.READ THE DAVE BAYSDEN INTERVIEW
A Conversation with Joshua Bills
Josh Bills started painting at the age of 40. His work first caught my eye as he posts photos of his work throughout the process, from start to finish. I found that it made me appreciate his skill and the final product all the more.READ THE JOSH BILLS INTERVIEW
A Conversation with Lee Wybranski
Lee Wybranski’s name has become synonymous with his famous US Open and Major Championship posters. In this interview, I try to go beyond those posters, finding out about his start in golf art and his unique course paintings.READ THE LEE WYBRANSKI INTERVIEW