Monday, April 13, 2009


I always love it when people give me ideas for a painting, especially for a possible snowboard graphic. I have never seen the movie Breakfast at Tiffanys, but have seen the images of Audrey Hepburn from it and barrowed some to create a painting. I worked on probably ten versions before I got one that looked the way I wanted. During this time the presidential election thing was going on, and I think the people who gave Sarah Palin a makeover gave her the Audrey Hepburn look. Be Famous! The Fashion Click is for Everyone.


The Battle of the Pelennor Fields is from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of the Rings book three, The Return of the King. I am a huge fan of the Hobbit, and grew up seeing the cartoon many times . I wanted to do this painting forever, and I finally did in 1998 for Peter Saari. It is acrylic on masonite 4ftx8ft. Snowboarder Magazine's Mark Sullivan did an art page on me with this painting in it, and it was part of a show about board art in the Bellevue art museum. The battle princess was also used for a snowboard graphic.


I did the art for Lib Tech rider Joey McGuire's 1st model, and the theme was Washington apples giving credit to where Joey was from Wenatche. I tried to make the logo look like a baseball jersey font, and had it go from the tip of the board so you could read it if a regular footer was doing a backside air. Joey is regular footed.


I think Chris Owen, who worked for Morrow, got me hooked up doing this board graphic for Todd Richards. I met Todd a few times, and was stoked on his riding. I got ideas talking to him on the phone, and he said he liked monsters, so I tried to do some sort of skate-style monster graphic. I was excited to see Todd riding the board graphic in the 98 Japan Olympics, the first time snowboarding was allowed. I went to a sports bar to watch the halfpipe, and when they showed Todd's run I was not surprised to see him riding a board with his own art. I really wanted to see him win the halfpipe, but he did not. I wish he would have tried again in 02.