October 2017

Abby Donovan gazes at painting by equine artist Karen Brenner in the "Horses" episode of Ray Donovan, a Showtime hit
Abby Donovan, played by Paula Malcomson, gazes at a painting in the "Horses" episode of Ray Donovan. (Photo: Showtime)

Painting featured on Ray Donovan show,
"Horses" episode

Showtime’s Ray Donovan “Horses” episode, which aired October 1, opened with Abby Donovan, Ray’s wife (played by Paula Malcomson) gazing at a painting. The painting is one of mine! How exciting! It features wild horses running across a colorful desert.

Mustangs Running Near White Mountain, oil painting by Karen Brenner

Mustangs Running Near White Moutain
Oil on masonite, 30x40"

Here's how it happened....
Knowing that a script for the episode of Ray Donovan required a painting of horses, one of the show’s producers came  across my artwork online. In May I was contacted by the show’s art director, who inquired about leasing an oil painting for the new bar set they were constructing for session 5 of Ray Donovan.  The art director had selected three possible Western horse paintings from my website, and luckily their first choice was available. I shipped 40x30” oil painting to California just in time for filming.

This painting by equine artist Karen Brenner is part of the new bar set in season 5 of Ray Donovan.
Bunchy Donovan, played by Dash Mihok, shoots pool in the newly opened bar on Ray Donovan. (Photo: Showtime)

In the show, the painting is labeled “Cave Hill, Belfast, N. Ireland” which has special significance for Abby, Ray Donovan's wife in the Emmy Award winning show. In reality, the painting is named “Mustangs Running near White Mountain” and is based on photos I took at a BLM wild horse gathering near Rock Springs, Wyoming.


I had no idea how the painting would be used in the storyline. It was so exciting to watch the program and find out the painting played such an important in role in the “Horses” episode. The hour-long episode deals with a very emotional issue—and was beautifully written and acted by the stars of Ray Donovan. In an article for Yahoo Entertainment with Paula Malcomson, who plays Abby, writer Kimberly Potts cites the show as “one of the best TV episodes of the year...”


You might like to read Yahoo TV’s in depth interview with Paula Malcomson about “Horses” - click here for the article.


You'll find this painting in my Western Horse Paintings gallery.




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