Sharon Crute’s earliest inspiration came in an afternoon at the horse races with her dad when she was only 12 years old. Her father took her to see the start of a race up close to the starting gate. With a great crash the gates broke open and a bell clanged loudly as the jockeys whooped and hollered to urge their mounts as they thundered down the track. The flashing colors, the sounds and the feel of the ground rumbling beneath her feet would be a pivotal moment in this young girl’s life. Because Sharon excelled in art throughout her school years, after graduating high school her father encouraged her to continue her studies in the arts. She received an BFA from Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts with a major in painting. Soon after, she married thoroughbred horse trainer Michael Bray and would work as his assistant in his racing stable for the next 25 years. Together they traveled the racing circuit from New York to Florida to Kentucky and California. Sharon’s paintings are collected internationally, and she maintains an extensive list of clients. Privately commissioned portraits of horses are in constant demand. She and her husband are currently based in Saratoga Springs, New York where Sharon exhibits for the entire summer race meet on the track at the Saratoga Racecourse.