The Art of Cycling
June 9, 2015 by Shane Cooper
Today was one of those days. I was blessed to meet Greig Leach, an Artist born in Washington, DC now residing in Richmond, VA. His talent came to my attention via social media. Twitter to be exact. Check out Greig’s web page here. Greig launched a book after last years Tour de France called Book de Tour.
Greig and I had a few meetings and voila, he agreed to join DeFeet in a joint venture. Our plan is to show a few of his original works of art on socks and create a joint venture for the 2015 Tour De France. DeFeet has already offered two special Greig Leach socks. We started with Paris Roubaix and then the Giro. He sends us paintings from the races, and we turn them into sock art. Together we built up a little chatter to launch our master plan. The Tour de France is our crescendo, this year. Grieg painted the green, polkadot and yellow jerseys from the Tour. We transcribed these into sock art. Our plan is to offer his Tour de France book with a free sock of choice to go with it.
Greig paints from his home in Richmond while watching the live feed the races. He paints the race as he feels it. Each move, each attack, he is there as if he is right amongst the peloton.
His work is phenomenal and his audience is worldwide. Many of the best athletes in the world call him after a win to ask if he could commemorate their monumental achievement in water color or oil paint. Mr. Leach is star struck, but he obliges these requests whenever possible to create a family memoire that immortalizes the achievement. These paintings are quickly becoming family heirlooms.
Greig was an amateur cyclist in the mid 70s. Today he rides with the passion of a 10 year old. To see this really effects in a positive way. Greig is immersed in something he loves, and his talent is literally and figuratively stopping the world. We did a quick spin today, chatting and enjoying our conjoined passions. Wow. Another incredible day spent with an amazingly talented person and a true soul cyclist.
The 2015 World Cycling Championship are in Richmond VA in September. Mr. Leach is the “official artist” for this quest for the Rainbow Jersey (and Rainbow Socks if the athlete is lucky enough to be on a DeFeet team). What a huge honor! Go watch the race, go watch Grieg paint his way into history.
Greig’s art is created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from the small family run art supply company called Jack Richeson and Company. Their website is www.richesonart.com.
Take 2 mins to watch the interview, let Greig tell you in his own words.