I painted this portrait of Jake Cruzan and his horse, “Peppy”. There’s a pretty cool story behind “Peppy” the Horse… Jake bought him from a guy he was working for. He originally came to the barn in really poor shape… he was very under weight and Jake took care of him while he was working for the owner and then scraped up some money and bought Peppy together with some friends of his. He eventually got him in good shape and won the AQHA World Heading Championship with him in the same year!
About Derek Alvarez
Derek Alvarez has been creating art since he was 3 years old. One of his drawings was exhibited on a nation-wide tour at age 12. He earned an art scholarship to the University of Arizona, focusing on oil painting, graduating in 2004, Magna cum Laude. He began selling his oil paintings while still in college, exhibiting his work in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the country. Currently, he is working as a full-time artist while traveling with his wife and two sons, and shipping his artwork throughout the world.