In 7th grade, I was commissioned to draw 32 school principals. Here, at 17 (far right) I’m at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, presenting my wet oil painting of Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims to Governor George Nigh and OU football coach Barry Switzer.  I worked all night filling in an orange and white background so Mr. Sim’s blue robe popped.  Painting football stars was good preparation for painting Hollywood stars.

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