Capturing his passion for golf in his extraordinary landscapes and portraits, Graeme Baxter has been the official artist to some of the world’s most important golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup for the past 27 years.
This year, prior to painting his commissioned work for Prince William and Harry, the legendary artist stopped by Naples, Florida’s Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club to unveil his latest painting.
“This is a huge acknowledgement for the city of Naples and the Florida golf industry to have an internationally acclaimed painter document a local course,” states Eagle Creek Marketing Director Laura Hill.
Graeme’s resume consists of royalty, several of the world’s top golfers, and his paintings as official artist of the PGA Championship, PGA Tour of Europe, Open Championship, Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup, and World American Express Championship. In addition, he has been the official painter for Wimbledon and recently painted triple crown winner Justify and previously American Pharaoh.
Last month, Baxter unveiled his rendering of Eagle Creek’s famous finishing Hole #18 to an excited crowd of members, guests and giclee purchases. He started the process in the fall of 2018.
“Being selected by Graeme Baxter as one the eight exclusive golf courses he chose to paint this year has been such an honour,” stated General Manager Don Madalinski.
A self-professed “golf historian” Baxter enjoys capturing moments on the course for future generations. “My goal is to record golf history through my paintings,” Baxter stated.
And in Florida, renovations on courses are more common than uncommon, which makes his historic documentation even more valuable. At Eagle Creek, they have a 30-plus year legacy with second generations now becoming members, which for courses in Naples is rare.
“Second generation members have pre-purchased the Eagle Creek painting based on the family memories they have shared on the course and Mr. Baxter’s world-renown legacy”, stated Laura Hill.
When it comes to Mr. Baxter’s painting approach, he keeps it simple.
“I like to be accurate but not photographically accurate. I am looking to find the heart of a golf course, grasp the many details and colours, and capture its key characteristics and natural feel.”
Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club is a small, intimate, private gated community centrally located midway between Naples & Marco Island, on 300 wooded acres of cypress, pine and palm trees. Resident and Non- Resident memberships are available. For More information or to purchase a giclee visit joineaglecreek.com or call Laura Hill at 239-417-6111.