I have a favorite artist. His name is Steve Penley.
He's an abstract expressionist.
I saw a few of his paintings while I was in college and thought his style was really unique and appealing.
Then I started spotting his paintings in different places over the years. It's easy to identify a Penley. His bold vibrant paintings are very distinctive. Well, that, and he writes his name real big on his paintings.
Steve Penley is most famous for his paintings of American icons and heroes, which probably contributes to my being drawn to his work. We all know how I feel about America, Hope, Tomorrow...you can add heroes to that, too.
Homeboy is famous world wide.
Last year I found out he was from Georgia, when I saw some of his paintings at The World of Coke in Atlanta.
Then I found out he was from Macon! That's where I live!
Then I found out that he is an alumni of the school that David teaches at!
We're basically best friends.
On Monday, I got to meet my favorite artist, Steve Penley. He came to David's school for a special presentation and to speak to the student body.
I was all over it.
I went to the school Monday morning to hear him speak. I brought one of my Steve Penley books and a Sharpie. My plan was to approach him after his presentation, tell him how cool I think he is, and then to ask him to sign my book.
And that is what I did. I met my favorite artist. He signed my book and drew this cool flower picture while we talked. Love it.
He also gave us a print of one of his paintings that he graciously signed. I'm really excited about the print because he doesn't often offer prints and because when he does, they cost 100 dollars. My boy, Penley, hooked us up! More on the print later...
You should check out his website here to see more of his work and to read his Artist Statement, which I think is really cool.
How many people get to meet their favorite artist? Very cool day.
Many thanks to Mr. Penley for sharing his talent and his time with Dave's students and with me.
Who's your favorite artist?