Steeler History

A couple of weeks ago, i had the incredible opportunity of travelling to Pittsburgh to meet with Steelers' owners Dan and Art Rooney….I presented them with a personalized artwork celebrating the team's Super Bowl XLIII victory in January. They were gracious and hospitable. It was like being in the presence of NFL royalty! And I took a tour of Heinz Field….what struck me most was the amount of history that has been amassed by this unbelievable sports franchise. Six Super Bowl Championships…more than any other NFL franchise! As I walked through the trophy room and read all of the placards, i realized again, why there is so much overlap between sports fans and my art collectors. Being a fan of a team…any team…professional, amateur, academic…is an immensely emotional experience. It's not just about the moment…about the one game …about the one season. It's about history and the flow of our lives. We measure our own progress…we track where we've been…we build friendships and relationships….based on following our favorite sports teams. I try to capture all of that in my sports art….all in one piece…all in one composition. It's not an easy task. But it's an important one and I enjoy the process…learning about the nuances of each team or event I paint. I'm fascinated by the rituals, the “inside information” and the character of the players, the coaches, and the fans. It's a definite study in culture…..Enjoy!

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One response to “Steeler History”

  1. Dave says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more Charles. As a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers I would like to say excellent job on the art you did for Lambeau’s 50th anniversary. I was very impressed with the amount of detail that was represented. I thought the part on top of the serigraph done in grey (Bart Starr in the Ice Bowl) was pure genius! Almost like it was a memory but also being that the Ice Bowl just looked grey. I own 2 hand painted mini-helmets and think the world of them. It was a great season and they are good examples of the Packer organization in general. Thanks!

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