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sports art David Justice large scale painting of him sliding into home plate. Painting is displayed at the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park Stadium in the Delta Airlines area of thesatadium

Atlanta Braves Baseball Art

Atlanta Braves Sun Trust Stadium

The painting you see is of  David Justice a former outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1989–1996).  The painting I created is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga.  The painting of David Justice is 8 feet by 15sports art David Justice large scale painting of him sliding into home plate. Painting is displayed at the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park Stadium in the Delta Airlines area of thesatadium

MLB baseball player  David Justice right field sliding into home plate with catcher and umpire

feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I created three pieces this size and will see other post of the other paintings on this blog.  Although I have created sports art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest.   The other two pieces are of Chipper Jones and the other is of Dale Murphy.  All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the SunTrust Park stadium.

About David Justice

Three-time MLB All-Star who played right field and hit over 300 home runs in his 14-year career.  He was also on a winning World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995.  And here is a little bit of Trivia.  He was married to actress Halle Berry from 1992 to 1996.

I am always curious about some of the things athletes say.  Here is an odd one attributed to David Justice.  “I mulled over what he had told me as I savored the Scotch. Not bad, really — like a beer that’s been in a brawl.”   The real question about this quote is who was David Justice drinking Scotch with that  made that statement to him.  I have no idea.

It is always interesting to read odd things about athletes.  Here is another odd one from the movie “Moneyball”  about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to put together a baseball club cheaply using a computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

David Justice (at the time) is on the Oakland Athletics and he is talking with Scott Hatteberg who has moved from catcher to a first baseman.

David Justice:   “Scotty H.”

Scott Hatteberg:  “Yo, what’s up, D.J.?”

David Justice:  “Pickin’ machine.”

[Scott laughs]

David Justice:  “How you likin’ first base, man?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “It’s, uh… it’s coming along. Picking it up. You know, tough transition, but I’m starting to feel better with it.”

David Justice:  “Yeah?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “Yeah.”

David Justice:  “What’s your biggest fear?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “A baseball being hit in my general direction”  [Hatteberg and Justice share a laugh]

David Justice:  “That’s funny. Seriously, what is it?”

Scott Hatteberg:  “No, seriously, that is.”

[uncomfortable pause; Hatteberg leaves]

David Justice:  “Well, hey, good luck with that.”

Image of Clipper Jones swinging a bat with teh umpire and catcher behind him

Atlanta Braves art SunTrust Park Stadium Chipper Jones

Atlanta Braves Art 

The painting you see above is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in Atlanta, Ga.  The painting of Chipper Jones is 8 feet by 15 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  I created three pieces this size and will post them as I gather the photos.  Although I have created SunTrust Park stadium.Image of Clipper Jones swinging a bat with teh umpire and catcher behind him

Painting art of MLB Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones at bat with the catcher and umpire standing behind him at home plate

sports art for a number of other stadiums the three MLB baseball pieces I painted of Atlanta Braves players are the largest.   The other two pieces are of Dale Murphy and the other is of David Justice.  All three of the pieces are on display in the Delta Sky Club area of the arena. 

How the Project Develops 

Like all the other stadium projects I have worked on it takes about a year from start to finish.  First there is the original call asking me if I am interested in creating paintings (in this case) for the Atlanta Braves new stadium.  Then the process begins with determining what is to be painted, what sizes and what medium to be used.  This is all determined by the consultants and the teams deciding where the paintings will eventually hang in the stadium.  Once that is decided then sketches are drawn and they go through a process of approval, from design aspects to color choices.  Images are chosen from their archives of photographs and at some point I will then create the paintings.  Again, they are evaluated and changes are invariably made.  I may have painted the wrong era of uniform on a player, or the stripes on the uniform or the lettering may be incorrect.  One of the biggest challenges is getting the life-size figure to look like it is in action.  An athlete has to look like they are athletic. 

Eventually all is settled and the paintings are shipped off to be framed and then delivered to the stadium for installation.  From my perspective the stadium does not take on a life until the art from all the artist’s is hung.  The art adds a personality an warmth and life to the bare stadium that makes it inviting to the patrons of the sport.