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All of my paintings are original acrylic portraits on canvas. I do not offer canvas reprints. If you have my work on canvas, you can be absolutely certain it is a one-of-kind original. This policy preserves the integrity of the paintings and serves to retain their value and uniqueness. 

Sacrifice

40″x30″

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This commissioned collage of Elton John focuses on his album and song “Sacrifice”. It was commissioned as a gift for a devoted Elton fan who favors the song.

Pink Floyd Through the Years

30″x40″

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This is a commissioned collage of the band Pink Floyd. The painting contains four references to albums: Animals, Meddle, Wish You Were Here and Dark Side of the Moon.

Glam

30″x30″

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This Elton John portrait is one of my rare multimedia paintings. It features artist quality acrylic paint, 17 rhinestones and crystal extra fine glitter. 

Golden Girl

15″x30″

2K Dolly Giveaway

This painting was created for my 2K Dolly Giveaway on social media. She’s been hailed as one of the best portraits I’ve ever done. 

Jazz, At Last

24″x36″

$315.00

There really should be a photograph of Etta James next to the word Jazz in the dictionary. No one before or after her has possessed such vocal depth and coarseness. I chose to paint Etta in neutral hues of blue. Jazz, At Last is available here.

Spellbound

30″x30″

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Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. 

Memories

30″x30″

$415.00

Jim Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and numerous singles. Memories is available here.

Green Revolution

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Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell’s songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”, and AllMusic has stated, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”.

Dylan’s Doll

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Joan Baez is an American singer, songwriter, musician and activist. Her contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 60 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages.

Appalachian Rose

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Appalachian Rose depicts Dolly Parton in many colors of the timeless rose flower.

Two Tone Blond

24″x24″

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Two Tone Blond features Blondie’s frontwoman Debbie Harry. Debbie is an American singer, songwriter, model and actress. Her recordings with the band reached number one in the U.S. and UK charts on many occasions from 1979 to 2017. 

That’ll Be the Day

30″x40″

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John Wayne brought life to the term “action star”. He was the first to grace the silver screen with such an overwhelming presence. The iconic singer Buddy Holly sat intrigued in a film starring Wayne when he heard the star utter “That’ll Be the Day”. Holly went home and immediately wrote perhaps his most famous tune.

Wonder Years

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Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music, he is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians in the history of music. Through his heavy use of electronic instruments and innovative sounds, Wonder became a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including pop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk and rock.

Head Over Heels

30″x40″

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Inspired by “Chromatica”, Lady Gaga’s sixth album, “Head Over Heels” features the dramatic singer hanging upside down during a performance. 

Heartbreak

16″x16″

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This portrait of Tom Petty was painting while listening to Learning to Fly. “Heartbreak” not only pays tribute to his band The Heartbreakers but it also describes perfectly the way I felt when I learned of his death. 

Live From Brooklyn

16″x16″

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Live from Brooklyn features 80s rock icon Pat Benatar. The painting was completed while listening to “We Belong”.

Haunted

30″x40″

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Layne Staley was an American musician best known as the original lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which rose to international fame in the early 1990s as part of Seattle’s grunge movement, becoming known for Staley’s distinct vocal style and tenor voice as well as the harmonized vocals between him and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell. Staley was also a member of the glam metal bands Sleze and the supergroups Mad Season and Class of ‘99.

Rainy Day

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Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career lasted only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Some even say he’s the best guitarist who ever lived. I painted Jimi in hues of blue and green because his music evokes a feeling of tranquility. 

Electric Pearl

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Janis Joplin was a legend among the then-male dominated world of rock n’roll. Wildly popular beginning in the late 60s, Janis would release 3 albums before an accidental fatal overdose at the age of 27. A fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, just over three months after her death. Pearl was the signer’s nickname among her friends. It reached number one on the Billboard charts. She was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked Joplin number 46 on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with Recording Industry Association of America certifications of 15.5 million albums sold.

Blue Piano

20″x16″

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Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.”

From Reggie, to Elton

30″x40″

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As children we all dream of what and who we will become as adults. This painting is a representation of the dream that began with young Reginald Dwight playing piano at the Royal Academy of Music. Reggie would morph into one of the greatest talents of our time Elton John. This painting follows Elton from childhood to present day in varying decades of his flamboyant style and showmanship. 

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Vanilla Pop

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Vanilla Pop features Dolly Parton’s softer side in the colors of Tennessee’s state flower, the iris. 

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Lady Day

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Billie Holiday has one of the most distinctive voices of all time; her very personal style continues to inspire singers decades after her death in 1959. Holiday herself was inspired by great musicians she heard growing up, and it’s those influences that helped her become one of the most beloved singers ever.

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Tennessee Iris

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Tennessee Iris features Dolly Parton and is painted in the colors of Tennessee’s state flower, the iris. This painting was auctioned during Belleza Salon Spa’s Fashion Show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

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Home Team

30″x30″

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Not since the Grateful Dead has there been a band with such a cult-like following. The founding members of Widespread Panic featured here are Michael Houser, JB Bell, Dave Schools and Todd Nance. I chose to paint this portrait in calming blues and purples because not only is their music enchanting and serene but their over all stage persona is as well. 

Storm Howl

22″x28″

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Nita Strauss is an American rock musician. She is the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper and has a successful career as a solo artist. Strauss was the first female signature artist with Ibanez guitars and is regularly featured on the covers of worldwide print magazines including Guitar World and Guitar Player. She was ranked #1 on Guitar World’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.” She comes from a long line of classical musicians – one of her ancestors on her father’s side of the family is the Austrian composer Johann Strauss. I chose to paint Nita, who is nicknamed the Hurricane, in stormy colors. 

Mountain Muse

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If any one person could be said to embody the Smoky Mountains and the people who inhabit them, it would be Dolly Parton. Raised in rural Appalachia, Dolly’s is a true rags to riches story. From her first performance on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry, Dolly would forever be a superstar and one of the greatest philanthropist of our time. I chose to paint Dolly in her beloved mountains because that is where the heart of the star still remains today.

In Full Bloom

24″x24″

$210.00

Her real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor but we just call her Lorde. Her music is primarily electropop and contains elements of subgenres such as dream pop and indie-electro. In an interview with NME in 2017 though Lorde said “I don’t think about staying in my genre lane”. Inspired by her poet mother and other wordsmiths such as T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and Walt Whitman, Lorde’s Music comes complete with flowing prose. I chose to paint Lorde not from her music but from her words alone. She seems to be growing a new genre and movement all on her own. In Full Bloom is available here.

Rock n’ Riff

24″x18″

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When you think of some of music’s greatest guitar players of all time, odds are Eric Clapton is somewhere on your list. For some he reigns supreme at #1. I chose to paint Eric is hues of gold and a brown based plum because these are the deep colors I hear in some of his earliest works. There is an old soul quality about his music from a very young age. 

Audible Cry

18″x24″

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What color do you associate with Prince? Probably purple due to his widely popular “Purple Rain”, but did you know Prince actually really disliked the color? His favorite color was orange. I chose to paint him staying true to “Purple Rain” but the tidbit is interesting nonetheless, don’t you think? Audible Cry is painted on a 18”x24” museum quality cotton canvas panel with artist quality acrylic paint. 

Trigger’s Genetleman

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Singer Emmylou Harris once said that if America had one voice, it would be Willie Nelson’s. If so, America would have one instrument too: Trigger. The famed guitar’s portage and care are entrusted to a man named “Tunin’ ” Tom Hawkins. He was hired in 1979 during the filming of “Honeysuckle Rose,” in which Nelson essentially played himself in a movie about a musician torn between his family and life on the road. Hawkins is the man behind the inscription “To a true gentle-man”.

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Meeting of the Minds

48″x36″

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Do you live and breathe Jimmy Buffet? Are you a proud parrothead or know someone who is? He is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an “island escapism” lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including “Margaritaville” and “Come Monday”. He has a devoted base of fans known as “Parrotheads”.

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Pick 32

30″x40″

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There’s no explanation needed for the former frontman of The Beatles, Paul McCartney. I chose to paint Paul because without his genius the music world would contain a vast void. I chose the name Pick 32 because Paul is known for exclusively writing and playing songs with a pick or plectrum is his bass guitar. He’s written 32 songs which have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its the industry standard for success. 

Honky Tonk Angel

12″x12″

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Loretta Lynn is a country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning almost 60 years. To say that she was a country music powerhouse is an understatement. She is painted in a neutral and natural palette much like her own beauty and voice. 

Cranberry Yell

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The Cranberries seemed to sing the anthem being many of my high school years. Hearing their songs streaming from the car windows of friends and the speakers at parties, they were wildly popular. I painted Dolores in purple mainly from listening to Zombie. She was true music royalty and something to aspire to for many upcoming female vocalists.

Peculiarity

12″x12″

$198.00

Peculiarity is defined as “a characteristic or quality that is distinctive of a particular person or place”. It’s something that sets someone apart from others. I know of no other musician who can be said to be part of the folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia genres all at once other than Beck. Peculiarity is available here.

Whistle

12″x24″

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Hayley Williams is this generation’s call to originality. The lead singer of the band Paramore, Hayley’s road to stardom began just outside Nashville in Franklin, TN. Though she was born in Mississippi, Hayley calls Tennessee home.

The portrait is called Whistle in honor of Hayley’s unique whistle register voice, also called the flute register. It is the highest register of the human voice, lying above the modal register and falsetto register. Hayley is known for her frank and to the point personality and her wild orange hair. She’s even started her own line of vegan hair color. The young businesswoman also knows the power of private reflection.

About her recent social media hiatus, Hayley told Loudwire.com: “To be honest, I am an awful, awful human for those Instagram posts that I left everyone hanging with,” Williams confessed before explaining that the hiatus does have its own benefits. “Number one, I fully believe in social media hiatuses,” she affirmed, noting, “I think it’s so good for your mental health and I personally really, really need it.” 

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Stevie in the Spotlight

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Stevie Nicks is the reigning queen of rock n’roll. There’s just no doubt about it! Yellow is the color of sunshine, happiness, joy, energy and enlightenment. I could think of no better description of Stevie Nicks. She’s as gorgeous today as she was at the start of her career in 1973. It is for this reason and so many more that this is the second time I’ve painted her. She is timeless to me. Her voice is unmistakable and poetic so I chose a bright vivid palette for her set on a very deep blue, almost black, background. The blue reflects confidence, faith, depth and truth. 

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The Night

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I was fortunate enough to see Chris Cornell perform on several occasions. The first was at the music festival Lollapalooza. It was there standing in a field that I not only saw the colors in his music but I felt it somewhere in my core. We all dance or sway to music but this time was the first time I had no choice but to dance. My love for his music required it. I painted The Night while listening solely to I am the Highway which Chris performed as the frontman of Audioslave. He was always something more, something otherworldly. 

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The Legend of JB II

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Widespread Panic’s JB Bell is without a doubt one of the most humble and talented musicians of our time. WSP has an almost cult like following with some fans traveling hundreds of miles just to hear them play. It’s commonplace to find many fans who follow WSP across the country. One of the reasons for this kind of dedication is the band’s frontman. They headlined the first Bonnaroo Music Festival I was lucky enough to attend. The Legend of JB II is the second portrait of the singer I’ve completed. My first musician painting was of JB. 

Just Like Carly

30″x40″

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Carly Simon is a singer-songwriter, musician, and children’s author. Carly has been quoted as saying her work was greatly influenced by Odetta Holmes, an American singer, actress, guitarist, lyricist, and a civil and human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. In turn Carly, who first emerged in the 70s, has influenced some of the talent we hear on the radio today including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Tori Amos. Her songs have also been covered by a plethora of musicians including Whitney Houston, Marylin Manson, Radiohead, Mandy Moore and several others. It would seem the torch has been passed on from Odetta, to Carly and so on – this is the reason for the portrait’s name Just Like Carly. Even her two children are musicians and activists. 

School of Bass

30″x40″

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Dave Schools is the bass player and one of the founding member of Widespread Panic. He also does a little vocals, too. Dave has been published in a wide variety of music magazines because he is an innovator on the bass with a non-traditional approach that has given him a unique voice on the instrument. I chose the colors for the portrait based on Dave’s innovative style and humble personality. Mellow colors for a mellow dude, with a little pop thrown in there. Dave plays a six-string Modulus Quantum 6 bass that affords him a wide range of sounds that are further enhanced by an envelope filter and octave pedal. Influenced by an early desire to play drums and childhood piano lessons, Schools has deviated from, though not abandoned, the established rhythm role of the bass and created a more melodic, improvisational style that has been referred to as “lead bass”. 

Minnesota Melting

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Once again the voice of Chris Cornell inspired me to change my technique and really dive into the lyrics of a song. This portrait was painted while listening to “Outshined” which he wrote and performed with Soundgarden in the early 90s. Chris said in interviews after the song was released it was the first in which he included deeply personal lyrics. Chris was known to soar above the clouds or become mired in the mud when it came to his moods. He was either hero or bug to himself. There was rarely a middle ground. He sang “I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota”. I used heavy molding paste in the reds and yellows to give the painting a 3D effect. I wanted to touch the flames that seemed to always be burning in and around him. 

She Belongs Here

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I struggled in deciding whether to call this portrait “Otherwise Known as Adeem” or “She Belongs Here”? The first pays tribute to Knoxville-based Adeem the Artist’s many reincarnations or pseudonyms as a performer. The latter pays tribute to one of his songs “We Belong Here”. But in regards to Adeem’s life with wife High Five Hannie the only thing that matters to him is that “She Belongs Here” with him. High Five Hannie won my giveaway and she chose to commission a portrait of her husband Adeem the Artist. I believe this shows her love and great respect of his creative spirit. I’m just happy to be a small part in helping her show it. Commissions are open. More information can be found here or by emailing kclockmiller@gmail.com.

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Queen of Punk

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Joan Jett is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song “Cherry Bomb”. The Blackhearts’ version of the song “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Jett’s other notable hit songs include “Bad Reputation”, “Crimson and Clover”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, “Light of Day”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “Dirty Deeds”.

All Hail the God of Guitar

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It’s impossible to be a child of the 80s and not know who Slash is. He’s the phenomenal guitarist of rock band Guns N’ Roses who was often shrouded in a main of dark curly hair. Slash is still rocking it today, though over the years he has elected to reveal more of his exotic face – but the hair still remains.  Guns N Roses isn’t Slash’s only claim to fame. 1993, Slash formed the side project Slash’s Snakepit; three years later he left Guns N’ Roses in 1996 and co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s.

Blue Swoon

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I usually complete my listings with a little background on the musician and my connection to them. However, Elvis needs no introduction. He is simply the King of Rock n’ Roll. He’s significant to me because he was such an influence on my dad. As a little girl, I would sit with him and listen to Elvis or watch the miniseries on his life that aired at the time. If my dad’s life had a soundtrack it would be nothing but Elvis’ velvet voice. 

Expressions in Gray

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Madonna means many things to many people but the importance she holds for me is a feeling of being carefree with childlike joy. I was a child of the 80s. I danced to her music and I sang along, pretending it was me on stage. She was and still is a reminder of what it feels like to dream big. I painted Madonna is shades of gray because this particular image of her is a fond memory for me. The grays aren’t basic though. They come alive with green, blue and purple undertones. The original artwork was auctioned during Art Out in the City benefiting Knox Pride.

Natural Gaga

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This portrait of Lady Gaga was painted to benefit Knox Pride’s Art Out in the City Auction. For more information or to bid on Natural Gaga visit Knox Pride. 

Lip Service

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This painting was completed listening to Gimme Shelter, Satisfaction, and Sympathy for the Devil – and course, it was inspired by those famous lips. Sir Michael Philip Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, actor and film producer who gained fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger’s career has spanned over five decades, and he has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”. His distinctive voice and performances, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the band’s career. Jagger gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure. 

Dolly Country

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I’ve painted Dolly Parton twice before but I couldn’t resist the urge to paint her again. Dolly Country depicts her in a vintage rose palette just turned up a notch or two. It’s much like the lady herself. Dolly holds a special place in my heart. I’m a native Knoxville and she was born and raised a stone’s throw from here in Sevierville, TN. Dolly Country was on display at Art Market Gallery in Knoxville.

Daddy’s Girl

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As I do with all of my musicians, I researched Amy Winehouse’s life throughly. She was a sweet, kindhearted Jewish girl. She’s was loved by all who knew her and they all recognized her amazing gift of song.  Unfortunately Amy’s fame and money collided with already volatile relationships in her life to form a lethal cocktail for the singer. Amy is painted in green to symbolize the color of money and red to symbolize danger. Many of her loved ones, especially her father, often chose the benefits of the lavish lifestyle she provided over her health and wellbeing.

Simply Tina

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Known for her sultry voice and long legs, Tina Turner’s career has withstood the test of time because love of her music spans many generations. Originally from Nutbush, TN, Tina even has a festival named after her, Nutbush’s Tina Turner Heritage Days. However she’s better known in that community as Anna Mae Bullock. No matter your generation, you’ve likely heard and danced to some of her most popular songs including What’s Love Got to Do with It, Proud Mary and Private Dancer. I chose Simply Tina’s color palette based on her legendary career of sequins, seduction and, of course, denim jackets.

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Same Ole Me

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Country legend George Jones has been on my list of musicians to paint since I began showing my work to others. With his distinctive voice and phrasing, it’s little wonder he was such an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter. For almost 60 years Jones gave the best of himself to his music. Nicknamed “the opossum”, Jones was said to have given the rest of himself to his ex wives.

Dolly’s Sunset

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I’ve painted Dolly Parton before but I couldn’t resist the urge to paint her again. Dolly’s Sunrise depicts Dolly in the late 60s in colors of a Tennessee sunrise over her native Smokey Mountains.  Dolly holds a special place in my heart. I’m a native Knoxville and she was born and raised a stone’s throw from here in Sevierville, TN. Dolly’s Sunrise was featured at Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN.

Guitar Goddess

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Orianthi Penny Panagaris, known mononymously as Orianthi, is an Australian musician, singer and songwriter who rehearsed in 2009 with Michael Jackson in preparation for his ill-fated This Is It concert series, and performed with Alice Cooper’s touring band. Her 2009 debut single “According to You” peaked at No. 3 in Japan, No. 8 in Australia and No. 17 in the US; her second album, Believe, received a worldwide release in late 2009. In 2009, Orianthi was named one of the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine. She also won the award as “Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year” 2010 by Guitar International magazine. The painting’s portrayal of Orianthi is guided by a photograph taken by AntiHero Magazine’s Jimmy Little, with Little’s permission. 

Gaga’s Evolution

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Known for her creative wardrobe choices and empowering lyrics, Lady Gaga is truly one of the most influential musicians right now in music. Shaped by her experiences with bullying and her quest for self discovery, Lady Gaga has become a champion for underdogs and those who dare not conform to society’s expectations. Another nonconformist who inspired Lady Gaga’s stage name and persona was Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. She has said Queen’s song Radio Gaga is how she came up with the name Lady Gaga. Gaga’s Evolution depicts Lady Gaga at the beginning of her career (at bottom), at her pinnacle at the 2017 Super Bowl Half Time Show (top) and present day (middle).

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Annie’s Broken Glass

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I’ve always admired Annie Lennox, not only for her epic and groundbreaking music but her humanitarian efforts in AIDS research, etc. She is truly a talented and generous living legend. I chose to paint Annie in pieces resembling broken glass in honor of one of her most well known singles, Broken Glass. I used red as a background to honor her work in the AIDS community. Annie’s Broken Glass was on display at Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN.

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Supreme Diva

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Diana Ross is unarguably the jewel in the crown of Motown music. She’s the leader of the most successful girl group of all time, The Supremes. Her long list of accomplishments also include induction into The Rock n’Roll Hall of Fame and a staring role in Lady Sings the Blues in which she portrays legendary singer Billie Holiday. She’s still the same stunning beauty who burst into the scene in 1959. I chose to paint her because she is such an icon in music history, not to mention she’s absolutely gorgeous. Her symmetrical proportions and features just begged to be painted. I chose red, black, white and gray because her beauty is timeless and her passion still burns hot as fire.

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Long Beach Chrome

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For 26 years Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., has been filling the airwaves with his innovative and often freestyle lyrics. His unmistakable voice is laced with ease, lightness and a sense of carefree coasting through life. Snoop has done little coasting though, it’s evident by his record sales of 35 million albums worldwide! He’s one of the most versatile artists out there, too. From rap, hip hop, reggae and now gospel, Snoop can do it all. It’s hard not to be inspired by his talent. I chose the painting’s colors because they represent his slow and smooth style matched only by his unmistakable swagger, represented by chrome. The original artwork is sold but t-shirts and posters are available here.

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Respect the Queen

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Aretha Franklin demanded respect both in song and talent so it seemed only fitting to paint The Queen of Soul in the royal color of purple. When I hear Aretha sing I hear joy even in her saddest songs. I hear genuine emotion and a deep love and devotion to her craft. This is a portrait of her in the 60s. She was releasing songs like Think, Respect and more. Respect the Queen was on display at Art Market Gallery.

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A Portrait of Pink

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Ah, Pink … she wrote anthems for misunderstood girls in the 90s and 2000s. Today she belts out songs that inspire and cheer us on! Pink is one of my absolute favorite female rockers because I went through those phases with her. It’s easy for me to identify with almost everything she’s ever written. I chose to paint her in these bold colors because that is what she is to me. She’s bold, unapologetic and real. What you see is what you get with Pink. The portrait was on display at Art Market Gallery in Knoxville.

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Lingering Lead

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Lingering Lead is a commissioned painting I completed for a musician friend of mine. It shows Widespread Panic cofounder Michael Houser on stage doing what he did best. Though the world lost Houser and his amazing gifts 16 years ago, he still inspires so many with his talents and easy going attitude. This is my friend’s vision of Mikey – it was simply filtered through my hands. He set the tempo and created the palette. T-shirts featuring Lingering Lead are available here.

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Anthem

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Leonard Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. The 24″x30″ painting pays tribute to the popular line in his song Anthem. The full line is “There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in”. I chose to paint Leonard in primary colors because he was such an irreplaceable cornerstone in music history. No other colors can be mixed to create primary colors. They are the basis for every color we see. Red and blue symbolize his passion and devotion to his craft. I used yellow to illustrate the light coming in behind Cohen’s cracks. There will never be another artist similar to Cohen but there will always be those who carry a little of his color with them.

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Mic Harrison

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This is a warm sepia tones portrait of Mic Harrison and The High Score. The band hails from Knoxville, TN, and they are deeply rooted in the local music scene. Mic was born and raised in Tennessee and was co-lead singer/songwriter for The V-Roys before they disbanded. The group is credited for shaping the Americana genre. I chose a very earthy palette for Mic which matches his honky tonk and rock n’ roll sound. The painting was purchased as a gift for Mic by another musician with Knoxville roots. The band’s schedule and biography can be found at http://www.micharrison.com.