When I was about five years old I started copying faces from the Beetle Bailey cartoon strip in the Sunday funnies. That got me started. From then until now I’ve enjoyed drawing faces, especially of bearded men and women who wear hats.
Last year I was walking down the street in Madison, Indiana, when all of a sudden I saw inside the window of a restaurant a gentleman with the greatest beard, and sitting next to him was a lady with a hat! I had to go inside to ask if I could take their picture!
It just so happened that the man was a musician, Roy Gentry, and the lady, Patty Wells, was a well known artist in the area.
From this meeting I’ve had the opportunity to be in several art exhibits in the area. I’ll have a one-man show at Joeyg’s in Madison from February 10 until March 9. This painting will be hanging there.
You see both Roy and Patty on a night when he was going to perform. I was so excited to paint this that I completed it in about three hours. Usually I take a week or two.