This painting was a commission I received through my best friend (and sometimes model). I was merely told to do a painting of Elvis from the 1950s and it was left to me to choose the photographic reference. I wasn't getting paid a lot for the painting so I THOUGHT I chose a photo that was very simple to do since most of the King was concealed in darkness. But oh, the detail in the guitar!
I consider myself primarily an illustrator. I never quite fit in with others, so I grew up isolated and found much of my comfort in movies, comic books, music, and books. My artistic influences include fantasy illustrators from the "Brandywine" school of Howard Pyle to the best comic book artists of today. I get my inspiration from such widely diverse sources as the absurd, music, classic movies, myth, pin-up, fantasy literature, and my Catholic sensibilities.
More than willing to do commissions, I am adept at portraiture of people and pets, landscapes, painting buildings and other such standard fare. It is with greater pleasure that I use portraiture or landscape as a jumping off point for creating something more unique for a...
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