Robert Earl Mathis, acrylic on wood panel, 26 in. x 20 in., 2011
My friend Andy trusted me enough to paint this portrait of his step-father, Robert Earl Mathis, better known as "Doc", who passed away just a couple of years ago. Andy sent lots of emails with stories about tractors and overalls and eyeglasses. And lucky me, I got to paint a couple of pimento jars. But painting Doc's likeness was especially satisfying. I really feel like I got to know him, as I painted every stripe on those overalls, every hair in those bushy eyebrows.
Thanks, Andy, for asking me to make this painting.