Many a times I had the
opportunity to study Jarome Iginla in a stance. Again I was
amazed at both the level of focus and intensity he brings to the
game of hockey. For the number of years that Jarome has been in
the NHL, his pose has inspired over 35,000 photographs. These
images are like candy to a little kid in a store. For me as an
artist it’s like having to choose thousands of paintbrushes, and
enough paint to cover a lot of canvas. So whatever stance I see
on the ice I know, with the help of equipment and jerseys, there
will be enough reference photos to help me paint that pose.
In doing this painting of
Jarome Iginla, I had some very interesting experiences. First of
all I named it “ Jarome “ because I felt it was unique to my
artworks. Since I had done a previous piece called “ Iggy “ I
really didn’t want to call it “ Iggy 2 “..
The 30” x 40” is new to me but
the beauty of doing this size of work is that I really love this
size. The amount of space was the main factor. I felt that I
wasn’t constricted to a small area. It gave me a lot of freedom
to move around.
I was also up to the challenges
that came with a commitment to a venture like this one. I knew
that there was going to be some long days. But at the same time
I was prepared for the exciting moment once the piece was done.
This project gave me the most
gratifying opportunity to talk to one of today’s world known
sports artist, Stephen Holland. This down to earth gentleman had
nothing but great marketing advice and the modesty of telling me
that my work was cool!
Finally, I believe as an
artist who gets the opportunity to create a project like this.
Not only did I create the painting but also formed an even
Here is to my friend Stephen.
The painting was auctioned off
with proceeds going to a minor hockey team.