For the last week I’ve been working on a painting of my friend John Hendrix. In addition to being a talented artist, John is one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet. When we first met, he had just graduated from SVA and was working as the OpEd Art Director’s assistant at the New York Times. Over the following two years, as I made my way through the same MFA program, I was lucky enough to receive some great advice from John(you don’t have to do something just because you’re good at it), get recommended for a job that would change my life, and perhaps most importantly watch his career grow and evolve. All artists need compelling role models and John Hendrix was without a doubt one of my first. So anyhow, it was an honor to paint this and spend some time meditating on what it means to be friends with other artists. It should appear opposite the Chair’s Message in this year’s Society of Illustrators Annual.
8.5 x 10.75 inches, Oil on board.