By Samantha O’Conner

A painting by a renowned artist featuring a Harley-Davidson motorcycle has been donated to the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally and will be auctioned to raise money for the Baker City Police Department.

The 2010 painting by David Uhl is called “Wild Mustangs.” It features both a Harley-Davidson and, in the background, P-51 Mustang fighter planes from World War II.

Uhl’s painting was presented to Shelly Cutler, executive director of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday at Legacy Ford on Main Street.

Todd Godfrey, organizer of the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for July 11-14, said Uhl specializes in depicting motorcycles and vintage aircraft. Godfrey said Uhl has been a painter for more than 25 years, and Harley-Davidson has commissioned his work before.

“He’s a phenomenal artist,” Godfrey said.

According to his website, Uhl was born into a family of engineers and artists which “made him particularly suited for capturing the lifestyle inherent in motorcycling culture.”

In 1993, he began painting “best selling artworks for Harley-Davidson Apparel.”

Uhl became the first ever licensed oil painter for Harley-Davidson in 1998 when he created his first oil painting.

Those who are interested in bidding on the painting can see it, and submit a bid, at Legacy Ford, 1917 Main St. The painting will be auctioned off Saturday, July 13 at the Fairgrounds.