I was devastated when I heard of Gene Wilder's death. As a child I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory more times than I can remember. So much of my sense of humor was shaped by Gene in retrospect. He was dry, clever and witty. When I heard about his death that day I remembered him by listening to Pure Imagination
This painting is the third icon I've made. My first was a self portrait as a saint, and my second, larger painting was of the author David Foster Wallace (blog post to come on that one). This one of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is 16x20 inches, painted with gouache on an Ampersand Gesso-board.
J0hn Hunter Speier
Recent work, and explorations of techniques, aesthetics and poetics.