I just had the pleasure of doing an amazing painting for the Zach Topfer Theater in Austin, Texas.
This portrait of Janis was painted to celebrate the opening of One Night With Janis at the Zach Topfer Theater.
Everyone knows who Janis Joplin was, although in photographs she isn’t usually as easily recognizable as other icons like Marilyn Monroe or Jimi Hendrix. It is her voice that resonates with most people.
For reference, I chose a black and white photograph taken by Daniel Kramer in 1968. I like this image because it presents a rare vision of Janis- gentle and subdued.
With my painting, I hope to have conveyed a similar quality by accenting facial details, adding subtle color tones for flesh, and painting a bold black background to make her bluish-grey eyes pop.
Janis Joplin’s life ended tragically at the age of 27 due to a drug overdose. Her music lives on, and has affected me greatly over the years. She is one of ten in my portrait series of musicians who have impacted me in some way, and who died before their time.