I was organizing my studio recently and tripped across “The Illusion,” a self-portrait I created in colored pencil back in 1983. I drew that portrait after discovering Iwata airbrushes earlier that summer and receiving an Iwata HP-C as a gift. For some reason, I felt compelled to include that airbrush in my portrait, not realizing then the impact it would have on me even to this day, forty years later.
The experts and teachers aren’t always right. My high school art teacher wasn’t right about my future. And my broken thumb convinced my doctor that my right hand would impede my art career. Yet, today, I create art that I am proud of, despite my high school art teacher’s harsh prediction that I would never succeed. And my right hand healed fine, thank you.
I’m excited to share that the UNDER PRESSURE — PAINTING WITH AIR (A Survey of Contemporary Airbrush Realism) EXHIBIT premiered on October 24, 2021, at The Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama, where it will run through January 16, 2022.
A Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse painted in pearls.
My latest creation is titled BRICKYARD BULL. At a glance, this artwork is a colorful car portrait of a very special 2014 Lamborghini LP-570, one of only fifty in the world and one of only fifteen in the United States.
08/28/21 — Salt Lake City, Utah, was the place to be for Willy’s Garage annual VIP party, car show, and airbrush art exhibit. Saturday, hot rod enthusiasts, custom painters, airbrush artists, pinheads, and car fans of every variety came together to celebrate the art and love of the automobile.