May 6th wis Willie Mays birthday. Born in 1931. Back in 2007 I was hired by by Fox Sport to create three large-scale paintings baseball images of Willie Mays for an interview shown during the pregame show for the (MLB) All-Star Game in San Francisco. Two of the paintings were 4 ½ feet by 6 feet and the other baseball art was 4 feet by 8 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas. The interview was with Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr.
How I started Painting Sports Images
I get asked regularly how did I get started painting sports figures for commercial and private clients. I have created a number of sports images for sports stadiums and arenas, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco Forty Niners, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Bucks, etc. (see bio) a short time before creating this work for Fox Sports, Fox had hired me to create six paintings for a NBA (National Basketball Association) commercial that ran nationally in the major regional basketball markets. Here is a link to that video. That NBA commercial was the first major sports project I did.
I apologize for the poor quality of the video but it is all that is available. It was a fun project painting “The Say Hey Kid” and it certainly was instrumental in my becoming a sports artist.