Recently, one of my very very good friends has passed away. KB, the subject of many of my paintings passed away on Thursday, June 18th or during the late night hours of June 17th. He was a guy who I never needed to explain my art to. He just kind of “got it”. He just understood. In case you might be confused about his name, KB stands or Krazy Bill.
One of my first paintings that I sold was a painting of KB. It was on display in Three Roots Coffee Shop in Tempe, AZ. It was a similar painting to the one above with the orang-ish background, but it had a greenish background and was larger. It was 3 feet by 3 feet or 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet.
This painting directly above with the light green background was painted for a figurative art exhibition at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. For the moment I cannot recall the name of the show, but I do think I have the images of the show somewhere. The painting was centered above the stairway that leads to the main gallery. It was a great exhibition.
This particular piece with the blue shirt and the eye-patch was painted while I was still attending ASU. I love portraits so I am always searching for interesting subjects. I guess my friendship with KB was the jackpot. He was never bothered that I was painting him. His eye-patch inspired another another painting of mine, that was a self-portrait with a pink wig and an eye patch. When I get this painting out of my studio, I will post it here on my blog for all to see.