Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – Courses of study: Color, Design, Nature Studies, Figure Drawing
I’ve worked as a graphic artist for local magazines, newspapers and printers for 20+ years. I have also painted various projects for customers during that time including murals, sponsor lettering on race vehicle, commissioned portraits and patio art. The combination of that success had brought me the opportunity to start up my own business, FTW Designs LLC, offering customers my graphic design services, mural painting and custom paintings.
My works can be seen at www.ftw-designs.com
New paintings can be seen at “Fabulous Finds” in Delafield, WI and other locations around the Lake Country area.
GuitarTown guitar – “Girls Rule”
The design celebrates the talents of a few of the female electric guitarists I admire that have used Les Paul’s solid-body electric guitar design during their careers. Some of whom were pioneers to their field earning their place in the electric guitar world, which had traditionally started out being a male-dominated field at that time. So the guitar was given a rock-n-roll feel with a femine touch.
The front features guitarists Bonnie Raitt, Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson, Sheryl Crow and Orianthi – all of whom used through their careers, or are still using, Les Paul’s famous guitar design. The “Girls Rule” printed in gold on a guitar pick shape salutes their accomplishments as musicians – and “Boys Drool” was added below it for some of their ‘adoring fans!’ Pink details flow from the guitar pick and headstock like the sounds of their music and carries throughout the design – front and back.
Neck & Headstock:
Head features the golden “Les Paul” signature to add a crowning touch to the design in his honor. Glass knobs were also added as tuning keys to add a ‘blingy’ accessory to the design’s theme.