The painting you see above is Atlanta Braves art from their new SunTrust baseball stadium in
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 Atlanta,
Ga. SunTrust Park stadium.
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.