This is my stepson, Jacob Jones’s band, with Tommy Stender on drums and Don Zepeda on bass.
Dan Sutter is an actor and assistant director, known for Ed (2017), Climb (2014) and Sea Monsters (2016). He’s also one of my best friends. This painting was made from a reference portrait by Rachael Etter.
Last year I painted such a bad portrait of Bill Murray that everyone thought it was Tom Hanks. So last night I began making a new one. I must say, I’m much happier with it.
In Flanders fields, poppies signify the bloodshed of WW1.
So when it comes to painting, why not just replace poppies with splashes of blood? The brutality is offset by the rising sun, a message that no matter how desperate the situation, the sun still comes up the next morning. You get another go at life.