My pride and joy of The Art of Lax™ is looking back at the painting titled “The Creators”, which was the FIRST piece of lacrosse art that I did during my senior thesis in art school. That piece launched it all. While my thesis was to display a historical account of lacrosse, it was only fitting to start it out right – at its roots.
(“The Creators” Oil on board. Framed. 1999)
For new content search, I decided to take a step back and go deeper than a “retro” theme of ‘Old School’, etc. I made action steps to revisit the Native-American theme of the game and decided to make a piece titled “The Originator” was a way to pay homage to the inventors of the greatest sport played on earth!
I’m a history buff. I watch the History Channel extensively. So when lacrosse, art & history are mixed in, it can be quite a ride! I pulled out the history books, did an extensive on-line images search and drafted a few thumbnails. The following pics depict the developmend stages of the piece:
The final outcome:
8.5×12 inches. Pen & ink on heavy drawing paper. 2011.