Happy 90th Birthday to Route 66! An honor to be chosen to paint “Rainbow Bridge” near Riverton, KS for the City of Joplin, MO. These will hang at City Hall for a year and then travel around the area to promote our local attractions along Route 66. My painting is of the last remaining Marsh Arch Bridge, built in 1923, still in use on the Route today.
The “Hope High School” was painted shortly after the 2011 F5 tornado which destroyed much of Joplin, MO, as well as our high school, leaving only the sign. Someone added the letters H and E with duct tape to the only letters remaining, and it became a symbol of hope for the city. The painting was presented to Joplin High School Principal, Kerry Sachetta, and hangs in the school library.
After much deliberation I painted copies of my favorite masterpieces and added a tennis ball to each for a special show called “Tennis Ball Masterpieces”. This coincided with our Joplin, MO USTA tennis team winning the chance to go all the way to Nationals! We qualified for it in a David vs. Goliath sectional match. Life surely does inspire art!