It was great to be asked over the off season to do the cover art for the 2015 Long Beach Grand Prix! The process took a while to get just the right perspective, but they were fantastic about not pushing me on style. They liked this look and let me go!
I will be in Long Beach this year for the race, and will have a display in the convention center. Please come by and say hi, and see what else I’ve been up to!
In a very cold Chicago I painted this scene of aircraft maintenance using Snap-on tools. It was painted live at a cocktail reception at the Snap-on Tools conference on Monday night.
I spent maybe 2 hours on this 60″ X 42″ piece, and had a lot of interaction with the attendees, many of whom had suggestions about particular tools that could be incorporated which made the event very interactive. Later visitors could pick out the particular tools being used. Very cool.
Alex and Bronte Tagliani invited me to come to Montreal and do a little painting at their inaugural gala. The venue was spectacular. I did two paintings, one in the afternoon during the golf tournament celebrating Alex’s crazy busy and varied year that everyone in the tournament was invited to add a few strokes to, the other during dinner of another famous French Canadian, Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari. Both were auctioned for the foundations charities and raised $9,000.00!!
At the fabulous Cipriani’s in NY on 42nd St, the Inaugural Tudor Awards Banquet was held Monday night. Continental commissioned 3 paintings from me, these two were done at the studio, a third, which will be up soon, was painted during cocktails before the ceremony began. Continental has me do the paintings and a set of prints of each and send them to the winning teams. A great gig and a great client.
Another incredible, mind boggling weekend of race car porno! The image below was painted live at the Thursday evening welcoming party and features a rare Maserati 250 Picolo that was in attendance, a real stunner.
Below that is the cover/poster art for the event.
Back at the beginning of the year, I did a live painting at the Yellow Party in St. Pete. It sold at an auction that night and, IMHO, it looked fantastic. Andretti racing liked it so much they asked me if I would do another, similar, one for their offices. So the day after they won the Indy 500 I went over to their shop in Indianapolis, set up my easel, and painted one up. BTW, the offices are a gallery of my work, very cool. Anyway, Marcia Reinauer set up a camera and made a video of the painting and it looks terrific. Thanks Marcia!
See the video of the one done in May in Indy:
For the third year I travelled to Columbus Ohio for the Rally 4 The Ranch charity gala. This year Rick Mears was honored and during dinner I did a painting of him making the winning pass on Michael Andretti Around the outside in turn 1, about 12 laps before the end of the 1991 Indy 500. And I was there that year and saw it live! It was a fantastic finish, and one of the most exciting passes I’ve ever seen.
This was Rick’s final of 4 wins at the Speedway, and a very exciting and satisfying victory. In the painting just behind Rick’s car is a ghost of the 1911 winning Marmon Wasp from the very first 500. I had an opportunity to talk with Rick about the painting, his career, racing at Indy and that race in particular. Very cool. Anyway, the painting auctioned off for the charity for $20,000.00! In the second picture is the successful bidder, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, and some artist dude.