Billie’s Holiday & Other Paintings


In the background, “Summertime” plays to evoke the spirit and synergy of the amazing jazz giant, Billie Holiday. The inspiration, a tiny black and white print I found of an original photo of Billie taken on March 4, 1976. After reimagining her in full living color, the result is a large color-filled experience on canvas that emerged from the muse of a low resolution gray-toned reference picture. The variation of hues in the background reflects the exciting and turbulent life that she led.