B’Beth Weldon started riding horses at 4-years-old and even owned and operated a ranch, Prosperity Ridge, where she made a living breeding and raising horses.
She recalls sitting on a blanket with her mother, Margaret Weldon, also a celebrated artist, and watching polo matches growing up. She later played in a few ladies matches, as well.
It’s no wonder the Fairhope, Ala., painter was selected as the official artist of the 25th annual Polo at the Point. The premier charity sporting event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 a Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear, Ala. Weldon was also chosen as the official artist in 2011.
“Having been raised around horses as a young girl, I would go with my mother to the Point Clear Polo Club matches,” Weldon recalled. “She studied and photographed Polo Ponies for the commissions she would paint. Being the official artist is a fabulous honor. I am so thankful for the opportunity and the exposure.”
Weldon’s vibrant oil on canvas, “Off Back Shot,” brings to life a rider swinging his mallet as his horse gallops at high speed.
Polo at the Point committee members said the painting captures Weldon’s “passion for color, life, nature, adventure” and polo and “depicts the athleticism and competitive spirit” of the event.
The artwork along with other Weldon pieces and paintings by her special needs children that she works with in her Gifted Masterpiece Workshops will be up for sale at the event. Portions of the proceeds will benefit USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Thomas Hospital’s Pediatric Rehab Program.
Weldon spent most of her summers in Point Clear and Fairhope where when she was not riding horses or sailing, Weldon studied art from other well-known artists along the Gulf Coast.
Educated in Washington, D.C., Weldon studied at Mount Vernon College and Georgetown University, earning degrees in Business Administration and in Arts and Humanities, respectively. While in Washington D.C., she worked for the Smithsonian Institute and Capital Children’s Museum.
Weldon currently works as a full-time artist in her studio in Fairhope and teaches art classes to children and adults. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.
“Finishing a painting is the same rush as jumping a fence on the back of a horse,” Weldon said. “I hope my paintings speak to people and spark good memories and emotions. I want people to feel the energy of life from a powerful horse or in a simple vase of flowers in my paintings.”