In 1980 Convito Italiano commissioned me to create a number of paintings for their restaurant. Over the years I would be asked to add to their collection.
THE SIX STAGES OF TASTING WINE
The Wine Series was created for Convito in 1989. The paintings were hung in the restaurant and the images were used on their menu.
Over the years people would often ask if the paintings were available for purchase. This led to publishing Giclee prints of The Six Stages of Wine Tasting. Larger Giclee prints were made of the series and were hung in other restaurants. A portfolio of these Giclee prints is currently available.
The Wine Series Characters Sipping Wine
French and Italian Patrons
In 1990 Draegers Market was planning to open their new market in San Mateo when I met them in New Orleans at the Hot and Spicey Show. I was commisioned to create 3 large paintings, 2 diptykes and a triptyke. The theme of the paintings were portraits by famous artists gathered together eating and drinking wine.
The 2 diptykes are available as giclee prints.
THE HUBBARD MURAL
These three paintings are the most recent ones completed after Betise and Convito were combined bringing their French and Italian flavors together.
Notice Grandpa Draeger in the group!
Larger Giclee prints of the wine series in the Conference Room
This painting hung in the lobby of the building on corner of Hubbard Street and State Street in Chicago.
It was commisioned by the Captur Corportation. This tritypke tells the story of early settler, Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard
from his fur trading days to the years as an important leader of Chicago. He was freinds with Abraham Lincoln and also native
Americans, speaking their language well.