Artist Bob Snider will paint in residence Labor Day weekend at Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

Artist Bob Snider will paint in residence Labor Day weekend at Horton Fine Art in Beaver Creek

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BEAVER CREEK — Trifecta: a bet in which the bettor wins by selecting the first three finishers of a race in the correct order. Bob Snider's painting by that name is a winner no matter which horse crosses the finish line first.

"I love painting horses," he said. "They're such noble creatures, and the pageantry, color and energy in racing is a feast for the eyes. When you look at my paintings, I want you to hear the thunder of the horses' hooves."

Painting wasn't Snider's first vocation. He spent a successful 30 years as an investment banker. One day, a life-changing thought came to mind — "I can do whatever I want." He decided that what he really wanted to do was to paint, so he signed up for a beginner's painting class at a local community college and he never looked back.

Learning the principals of painting gave Snider a good foundation, but what concerns the painter now is controlling when and how he paints. Morning is when he feels his most creative. Naturally an exuberant personality, Snider said he's forced himself to paint more slowly.

"I make mistakes if I don't slow down, calm myself," he said.

Besides mistakes on the canvas, the artist muses his high-energy style got him in trouble with his wife, paint went flying everywhere — on the floor, the walls, his clothes. Now the energy is focused on the canvas and his wife is his greatest fan.

If you go …

What: Artist Bob Snider in residence.

When: Friday, Sept. 2, though Sunday, Sept. 4.

Where: Horton Fine Art Gallery, 156 Beaver Creek Plaza.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Call 970-949-1660 or visit http://www.walthortonfineart.com.