Joshua Evenson grew up a golf-crazed kid in Minot, North Dakota, and lived his dream of studying at the revered University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he was on the Old Course every spare minute. It did not take him long to see how the Auld Grey Toon, the university (third oldest in the English-speaking world), and golf were indivisibly entwined at St Andrews. That intersection is where the story of this book begins. In October 2013, Josh felt a book “calling” to be written. From that point on it was his goal to facilitate a major congregation of golf greats and others whose lives are linked to the game between the covers of a single book in praise of golf and its birthplace. Links to St Andrews is his expression of gratitude to golf, to St Andreans for their advocacy of the game and their generosity to the world, and to the Old Course herself, that enduring shrine for all golf pilgrims.
Carol Haralson shepherds books from concept to bookshelf. Over 25 years she has edited, designed, and seen through manufacture hundreds of books for art museums, golf clubs, chefs (with food styling and occasional co-authorship), artists, photographers, specialty publishers, collectors, and many others. She edits and designs Gilcrease Journal (Gilcrease Museum) and Sojourns (various national park associations), and produces Western Passages for the Denver Art Museum. She was an early winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, is the only 10-time Center for the Book gold medalist for design in her home state, and is regularly recognized by the American Association of Museums and others. She lives with her husband and two border collies in Sedona, AZ.
Michael Klein is part of a group of American artists leading the revival of representational painting styles that link back to the Renaissance and French Academic traditions. Klein had two major solo exhibitions in New York City in 2008 and 2010. In 2010 he and his wife started American Painting Video Magazine, an online video production viewed in more than 130 countries worldwide. His work has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist Magazine and American Arts Quarterly. Born in 1980, Klein was 19 when he began serious training in classical ateliers and workshops. His first teacher was Richard Whitney. After two years under Whitney’s guidance, Klein continued studying in Minneapolis at the former Atelier Lack, founded by Richard Lack, a classical painter whose efforts were largely responsible for the revival of traditional painting in the United States. In 2002 Klein entered what would become his final school, the Water Street Atelier (now Grand Central Atelier), where he apprenticed under founder Jacob Collins until 2005. His passion is to depict an accurate representation of our human experience interacting with the created order around us. By poetically blending pigments from the earth, adding oil, and his inborn artistic capability, he recreates the world around us and injects his personal spirit into each piece throughout the process.
Lee Wybranski has been working with the game of golf as an artist and designer since 1995, helping to shape the look of golf today. His first client was Winged Foot Golf Club. Wybranski is currently best known for the posters he creates for major championships, including the 2015 US Open and Open Championships. His firm is a brand specialist in golf and has been designing the official logo for the US Open since the 115th Championship at Shinnecock Hills in 2004, along with numerous other club identities. Wybranski’s work is inspired by a traditional aesthetic and the fundamental principles followed by great artists of the past.
Matthew Harris is a professional photographer based in London. Among other assignments, he has covered 30 consecutive Open Championships since 1984 for the London Observer and has photographed the Old Course for editorial outlets around the world. For this book he shot a portfolio of images meant to capture the spirit of the town of St Andrews.
Mark Alexander is an award-winning golf photographer based at the Home of Golf in Scotland who shoots for clubs and publications around the world and partners with St Andrews Links Trust to create golf calendars. www.markalexanderphotography.co.uk.
Jenn Hess is a graphic designer & web developer with a love of travel and adventure. Her interest in art and culture throughout childhood led her to discover digital art, which she pursued into college. Graduating from University of Denver with a BA in Digital Media Studies and a Masters in Marketing, she started out in the ad agency world before transitioning client-side. Jenn established design & web dev company, SOFO STUDIOS, in 2013 and currently lives in the D.C. area with her husband.
Aaron Damon Porter, creator of the “St Andrews Alphabet” shown on the endsheets of this book, was born and raised in Oakland, CA, earned a BA in art with a focus in painting at UC Santa Cruz, and moved to New Orleans in 2008. He paints full-time at a studio in the upper 9th Ward. He shows his work at galleries and events around the country and regularly sells original works on Jackson Square, does numerous commission and illustration projects, and is working on two multi-volume children’s book series. www.etsy.com/shop/AaronDamon
Carolyn Bauer, a former news journalist, has spent the last 20 years as magazine and books editor, academic editor at the University of Colorado, and an award-winning author. Married to an avid golfer who has played St Andrews and the surrounding courses many times, she was steeped in the lore of St Andrews well before visiting — and falling in love with — the Scottish Highlands.
Mark Holden has worked as a professional artist for the last 13 years in Fife, Scotland. His work combines colour and texture with the use of oils. His style is a contemporary impressionistic one, using brush and palette knife. St Andrews has been a favourite subject, especially aspects of the West Sands in its many moods. The West Coast of Scotland, Venice, and ski scenes are other subjects he paints. www.markholdenart.co.uk
Nicola Wakeling was born in London in 1978 and grew up in Aberdeenshire. She was educated at Edinburgh College of Art. Her art focuses on the Outer Hebrides, just off the west coast of Scotland, a rugged beautifully landscape. She explores the interplay of space and light, seeking to coax a sense of immersion and connection with the landscape. She shares her time between Scotland and Salisbury, England.
Linda Hartough, a confirmed artist since the age of 6, was raised in the picturesque countryside of Wilmington, DE, and Louisville, KY. Much of her early career was spent in Chicago where, after receiving her fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970, she made a living selling her paintings locally. In 1980, Linda moved to South Carolina near Hilton Head, where she painted landscapes, portraits, and horses. In 1984, Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, propelling Hartough toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. She painted the first of her US Open series for the USGA in 1990, a series she continued for 25 years, as well as the official British Open Championship series from 1990–1999. Her work is displayed in the permanent collections of Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Linda is a founding trustee of the Academy of Golf Art and a Golf Digest Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Robert Kelsey is a professional painter who works from his studio in Paisley, Scotland. He has been exhibiting with one of London’s most prestigious galleries since 1994 and has works in private and corporate collections throughout the world. For this book he was invited to capture in oil, views of St Andrews in that beautiful atmospheric moment of twilight, just before darkness descends.
Kenneth Reed has been painting golf course landscapes since 1972. Born in Hexham, Northumberland, he studied at Newcastle College of Art & Design and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1962. Kenneth lectured at Cleveland College of Art & Design from 1969 until 1996, at which time international demand for his golfing art required him to dedicate his skills full-time. He has undertaken annual assignments for the R&A and the USGA. The Wall Street Journal and ABC Television have commissioned his paintings to enhance their championship coverage. Golf Magazine editor-in-chief George Peper wrote, “Ken Reed has established himself as one of the world’s leading painters of golf course landscapes. His distinctive watercolors are as evocative as they are accurate.” Reed is a keen golfer with an intimate knowledge of the game.
Joshua C. F. Smith, born in 1976, has been painting since before his 25th birthday. In addition to painting, Josh has held various positions at The California Club, San Francisco Golf Club, Mead Club, and now as head superintendent at Orinda Country Club, a William Watson design. He earned a degree in business administration from St. Mary’s College and was a 4-year letterman in golf. He resides in San Francisco, CA, with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Sophie and Adeline.