Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Dishman Art Museum and my painting "Crystal Head"

Crystal Head
Oil on Canvas
14" x 14"
2015
Well, in a funny turn of events, looks like I might have my first painting to call a museum home. A while back I gave Lamar baseball Coach Jim Gilligan a painting of a Crystal Head vodka bottle. It was meant as a thank you. Coach and I had talked quite often (at the Tradewinds Tavern) and he often shared stories about world renowned artist John Alexander who he has known for years. John was coming to Lamar for the dedication of a painting studio in his honor and Coach was determined that I needed to meet him. Of course John is somewhat of a legend in the Beaumont art world as a local boy who made it big. Since my conversations with Coach were always at a bar and often included talk of Crystal Head Vodka (John Alexander co-founded the vodka with Dan Aykroyd and designed the bottle) I thought he'd get a kick out of the little still life painting I had been working on. Coach passed it on to John, and now it seems John donated the painting to the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar. Funny how things work sometimes. Every artist dreams of having their work in a museum. Maybe this will be the first of many. If any of you want to donate my work to another museum I'll buy you a drink sometime and say thanks lol!

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