CUBS WATERCOLOR DUGOUT PORTRAITS
In 1963 when I was twelve years old, I attended my first baseball game at Wrigley Field with my Dad and several other boys and dads from our church. I saw Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, all of whose numbers have been retired by the Cubs. I also saw Ken Hubbs, and I met him after the game when he spoke briefly to all the kids from church. Ken Hubbs was Rookie of the Year in 1962, but he died tragically after the 1963 season in a private plane crash. I still remember where I was when I heard the news.
I have been a Cubs fan for over fifty years. Like a lot of other fans, I became very excited when Tom Ricketts and his family purchased the team in 2010 and soon after brought on Theo Epstein and his management team to rebuild the Cubs from top to bottom. It has been exciting to watch the transformation and incredibly exciting to see them win the World Series in 2016.
Just after the All Star break in 2016, I came up with the idea of painting a portrait of every active player on the team. That ended up being 30 portraits -- the 25 active players on the World Series team, plus two players who had been members of the NLCS and NLDS playoff rosters, plus two other players who had been key members of the team during the season but who were not included on any playoff roster, plus the manager, Joe Maddon.
Many of paintings in this series can be viewed below, the the others will be added when the painting and photography is completed towards the end of 2016. Prints of selected portraits can be purchased on the PRINTS page.