Forty years ago this July, I was thrilled to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer play for the first time (all 3 nights at MSG, with the full orchestra). In preparation, I painted a version of Trilogy and attached a note on the back confidently explaining that I should be hired to paint all of ELP’s future album covers. Once the show ended, I went up to the stage and instructed a roadie (ok, I begged him) to please deliver my art to the band…ok, righhhhhhht.
One year ago today I attended The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Show in Los Angeles. Musically and emotionally, it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, and I’m glad to have shared that experience with so many of my good friends that night. I believe it is now possible to say that I finally got a reply to the letter I wrote as a 17-year old, as Keith’s longtime bandmate & collaborator Marc Bonilla asked me to reimagine the iconic creature from Tarkus for the cover of the upcoming DVD release of that wonderful show. I’m humbled, and beyond honored that I was able to create this piece in memory of my hero, Keith Emerson.
In addition, a very generous spread of art accompanies a story that focuses on my re-imagined “Tarkus” for the soon to be released Official Keith Emerson Tribute DVD. To satisfy art nerds like me, it contains many insightful steps on the creative process. For the many that were curious about how I did the tribute piece - even though I was a heavy-duty airbrusher at one time, this art was created entirely in Photoshop. To entice ELP fans/fanatics, I believe my relatable rumination on the powerful music that drove me creatively from a young age will be appreciated. I may be biased, but I think this issue is a “must have” for both camps :)
My great friend, Cliff Stieglitz has been successfully publishing Airbrush Action Magazine for 32 years, and I’m honored to have been part of the entire ride in many different capacities. With his recent sale of the magazine (placed in very good hands), it is extra special that my art appears on the cover for Cliff’s final issue as publisher.
In book and art stores near you, and can also be ordered here in print or digital edition:http://store.airbrushaction.com/latest-issue/