Saturday, January 24

Painting To A Different Beat

Over this last holiday season I had the amazing opportunity to present a really cool celebrity a painting that he commissioned!  Iron Maiden is an English heavy metal band, considered to be one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, selling over 85 million records worldwide. For the past 35 years, the band has been supported by their famous "skeleton" mascot, Eddie, who has appeared on almost all of their album and single covers, as well as in their live shows. Iron Maiden's legendary drummer is Nicko McBrain.  He was first introduced to my art thru the Clear Channel Radio Station, where my paintings of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, etc. adorn the walls.  Nicko got in touch with me and asked, "Where is the Maiden piece?"  Coming right up, of course!!  I had lunch with Nicko and picked his "McBrain," studied Eddie's life as the band's mascot and learned that "The Trooper" is one of the most famous songs and album covers.  So after a few sketches, Nicko decided that he would like to see my interpretation of The Trooper!  This past Christmas Clear Channel Radio hosted a wonderful charity event called the 12 Guitars of Christmas, giving away autographed guitars from bands like Collective Soul, and artists like Joe Bonamassa and B.B. King!  All of this and it benefitting Toys For Tots.  Nicko was the MC of the evening and I got to present him the completed "Trooper" painting on stage at the end of the night!  Needless to say he was blown away and has asked me to think about painting on one of his drum kits.....yay!!!!  Just another day in the life... Take care everyone!!

Thursday, January 8

Happy New Year and Happy 80th, Elvis!

   Welcome, 2015!!  This year is off to a great start!  Here's hoping all of you make the most of it!!  I have lots of shows scheduled this year so be sure to keep up with my upcoming events.  I look forward to seeing everyone out and about!  

    A special shout out today to the legendary King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley!! Happy (would-be) 80th Birthday!! One of my favorite subjects to paint, and as you can imagine, insanely popular and iconic!  Over this past summer I had the amazing experience of visiting Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.  Words escape me when I try to describe the shear amount of awards that adorn his estate.  He was deeply loved, followed, and idolized...after visiting his home (and the famous Jungle Room) it became very apparent to me (someone who was very, very young when Elvis died) why the world loved him.  I recommend a visit and a tour to anyone visiting the Memphis area...and be sure to get on his private airplanes!!  SO COOL!!  Above is a mixed media original of King Elvis and below is a shot of yours truly about to walk through the doors of Graceland!!