Painting a Heart for a Cause

Recently I was offered a great opportunity to paint a giant fiberglass heart, which will be auctioned off to raise money for a new heart hospital in Tyler, Texas. Similar to the Cow Parade (fun fact: my mom painted a cow for Cow Parade San Antonio), many artists were chosen to paint these hearts, resulting in a collection that will bring color and cheer to the new hospital.

My heart was sponsored by country musician, Joe Nichols. Joe and his wife, Heather gave me inspiration for the design, suggesting the yellow rose to represent their daughter, Dylan. But they also wanted to make sure the heart still had a manly feel since of course, it would be representing Joe. So I gave the heart a rustic look and added the rose vine/barbed wire to give it some toughness. After all it is a giant heart! I also had a lot of fun painting the detail work on the guitar. I like that the painted sound hole in the guitar appears to be a real hole into the heart, playing off of the three-demensional shape of the surface.

I've certainly never painted anything like this before--what a fun project. Thanks Joe, Heather, and Triple 8 Management.

heart for Joe Nichols

heart for Joe Nichols