The above image is a portrait in acrylic of Doug Benson on 24”x36” canvas. Some of the white paint (eyes, teeth) on this canvas glows in the dark!
I have been inspired to paint Doug Benson’s portrait twice, and I had the courage to ask him if he’d like his own portrait sent to him just once. (He kindly said ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’) I think I decided to paint him after I saw him for the second time live in New Orleans and I actually had to courage to say ‘hey’ in the green room after the show. He was kind to me when I was very nervous to meet him and I appreciated that.
Doug Benson is a comedian that I’ve always had a lot of love for- he consistently makes me laugh and I value that beyond most things. I have watched and listened to a wide range of everything he’s ever recorded and I think it’s fantastic how he’s found a way to make money from each ‘thing’ in life that he enjoys. It meant a lot to me when I realized that anyone with enough heart and persistence can do apply the same equation to their own life. I’m inspired by his work and so I attempted to pay tribute by creating his portrait, twice.
I have been experimenting with larger canvas sizes recently and this was the first portrait of a comedian that clocks in at 2 ft. By 3 ft on stapled canvas. The background imagery was created by making a stencil of Doug’s favorite leaf and repeating that same image in the background. For aesthetic reasons these leaves are somewhat stylized and there’s a light blue, diagonal stitch-type pattern radiating from the middle of the canvas. The clock on the bottom of the canvas features Roman numerals, the clock is conveniently set to 4:20.