This was the third painting I completed in a new series of baseball portraits I am creating. Compared to my last series of baseball action paintings, this one is much looser in brushstrokes and more vibrant in color. My artistic inspirations for this series are Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney.
I chose Andrew McCutchen as my third subject because I admire him as a player and a person. It looks like the Pirates may be trading him, but I wanted to honor his time as a Pirate… a period where he helped them break a 21 year playoff drought and become annual contenders for the last few seasons.
I originally started with a whitish-gray background to compliment the black of his uniform, but it was too dull for the look I’m going for so I went with a grayish-purple to compliment the yellow in his uniform. The color purple indicates wisdom and imagination (imagine breaking a 21 season playoff drought!)… two traits McCutchen seems to possess.