After much determination, perseverance and hard work, my dreams are beginning to materialise. This year has confirmed my belief in the Dream Scene concept as I begin my first large scale projects in Europe. After 10 years of working on expanding into this brave new world... the saying "be careful what you wish for" is ringing in my ears... but it is most definitely, music to them. After all this time, 3 clubs have said YES and want them as soon as possible (with possibly one more to come)!!
So... it is nose to the creative grindstone for me for the next 12 months.
The year 2017 started with a BANG, creating a painting for one of the biggest clubs in the world of football. I have just completed this Scene of Champions (Escena del Campeon) for Spanish giant, Real Madrid C.F. It celebrates the current squad that have achieved so much over the past 12 months. They are depicted in an imaginary moment of victory, celebrating together as the final whistle blows.
A big part of the joy for me, is pulling together 100's of images to create a scene that does not exist, but which strikes a chord with fans. This scene takes the supporters out onto the field at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to share the moment with their heroes.
Sheffield Wednesday FC celebrate their 150th Anniversary this year and have commissioned a Dream Scene painting project to tell their story. They have just handed it over to their supporters to come up with the players and memories that are to be depicted in a dressing room scene that will warm the hearts of all Owls fans. They are one of the oldest football clubs in the world and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to help them share that rich history through my artwork.
Manchester City are also on board as they see the exciting opportunity to engage their fans in a new and unique way. I had a great chat with club captain Vince Kompany when I was in the UK recently to get his insights into the players that he shared the dressing room with. Some of these stories will be woven into a Dressing Room of Dreams, depicting 28 players from the entire history of the club, due for release in October this year.
It's going to be a big year!! Come along for the ride with me.