March 27, 2018 was a unique life event for me. In a farmhouse near Lennox,SD, I had an art show with all of my work.

The intent of the show was to present a commissioned drawing that I finished for Larry Poppens, who was unaware of the medium and subject matter of the work. Friends and family traveled from near and far to see the show, and I was so overjoyed by the experience I had. When everyone had arrived at the home, Larry introduced me, I told a story about how the work was commissioned, Larry and I unwrapped the artwork, he immediately loved it and spoke to it (even though he had never seen it or knew what it would be), and then I gave a final presentation on the drawing. After the presentation, everyone ate, talked, and enjoyed the artwork throughout the house.

The drawing:
Larry Poppens hired me to create an artwork for him, but the content and medium were entirely up to me. However, I wanted to create a storyline that resonated with his passions. Through different conversations, it became obvious that Larry appreciated a time when people dressed formally for public events.

The main image in this drawing depicts a photograph from 1913 of two men before their bicycle race from New York to San Francisco. The overlapping city scape in this image represents a photo of the New York City skyline in 1945. These two photographs are essential to this piece. The photographs represent the beginning and end of a time period between 1900s-1950s when formal wear was an unannounced necessity for public events in any big city. Men with little money or assets somehow still owned a suit, which can be a difficult concept to understand in present day.
Era of the Suit
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Era of the Suit

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