LIer again commissioned for USGA painting

Artist Elaine Thompson, left, and Jamie Mas, 12, Artist Elaine Thompson, left, and Jamie Mas, 12, and the model for the USGA poster, sit behind a poster at Bethpage Golf Course in Bethpage. (June 13, 2009) Photo Credit: Newsday Photo by Ed Betz

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Renowned artist Elaine Faith Thompson, 69, has painted regional golf courses, and the United States Golf Association has again commissioned her to paint a work of art for a U.S. Open tournament on Long Island. The Bohemia resident has been invited to commemorate the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton from June 27-30.

What's special about this U.S. Open?

I like to honor women and golf on Long Island. I had done a painting of a woman over at Timber Point (Golf Course) to commemorate women.

Describe the design.

It has the water views of the Peconic Bay on the side, so the design is a long-distance shot of the golf course in the background. . . . The middle portion is a close-up of the club house with every single detail in it, and then there is also a painting of the trophy, and the logo is on there.

How long will it take to paint?

It takes months. When I originally said this would take a month, that's before the design had been changed (at USGA's request) -- it had been changed to put these very complex paintings in it.What will be the sale price of the original?

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$50,000.

Favorite Open painting?

The 2009 U.S. Open painting (at Bethpage) was my favorite because the little boy in there is my grandson. But I didn't use my grandson because he's my grandson, I used him because he's a good model.

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