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"Elvis II" by Eric Dee

The winner of the “Elvis Presley Portrait Portrait Contest” on Fine Art America is Eric Dee of Broomfield, Colorado.  The First Place portrait is titled “Elvis II”. Eric willingly and candidly participated in an interview with me following his win yesterday.  Our interview regarding Elvis and art follows.

Eric:   Thanks Denise. I am quite surprised that I won! I feel others deserved to get many more votes.

Denise:   There were a lot of great pieces but yours is pretty incredible!  A winner for sure!   Describe your style and art medium on the “Winning Elvis Portrait”.

Eric:   I don’t know, Realism with a twist of swing / impressionism lite?  I painted that piece on stretched canvas using acrylic paint and gin martinis.

Denise:  I agree, martinis can enhance the painting experience.  I’ve never heard the expression “impressionism lite”.  I like that!  Creative!   When did you first hear or see Elvis and what was your reaction to his public persona?

Eric:  I was in my Mother’s womb. I kicked because that was pretty much all I knew how to do.   Of course the memories are a little vague.

Denise:  Doing some dance moves in embryo?  Interesting.  Did you ever see Elvis in person?

Eric:   No, and funny thing about that, to the best of my knowledge, he never met me either!

Denise:  Have you ever impersonated Elvis professionally, non-professionally, or just for fun?

Eric:  Yes. There’s that martini thing again.  I do play some guitar/music and sing along with my brothers and a few friends and, well you know what happens to your leg when you’re doing ‘Blue Suede Shoes”..

Denise:  When did you decide to create a portrait of Elvis?  Is this “winner” your first Elvis portrait?  How many Elvis portraits have you created?

Eric:  No the first Elvis I did for my Mother in oil and in color back in the late 70’s. Hence, my naming this one Elvis 2. So I guess that makes 4 total. No five. I did a fat Elvis for a friend that mentioned one day that no one ever painted Elvis when he was fat. I painted that for his wedding present in 1989 +/- and it still hangs in his office to this day. So I guess Elvis 2 should have been titled Elvis 3! – pre-PB and Nanner Sandwiches.

[Denise “aside”:  I don’t think this guy can count but he is entertaining!   It’s probably the martinis.]

Denise:  Did one particular facial component give you a challenge? What intrigued you while creating this Elvis likeness?

Eric:  Not Really, maybe the eyes, they are usually most challenging for me because most of the mood and character’s feelings are there.  (…intrigued by) his youthful confidence, it was posed but he was looking right at you. I never liked the looking into the distance pose as much as direct eye contact.

Denise:  You really did capture his eyes and I love the bent tip of his nose.  I plan to study his face a bit more having seen your work.  Where do you display and sell your portraits other than Fine Art America?

Eric:  There are 2 Dazbog Coffee Shops; one in Ft. Collins and one in Loveland here in Colorado where several of my originals are hanging.  I also have a dozen or so hanging in a pretty upscale bar and grill in Loveland (CO) called the PourHouse.

Denise:  Do you plan to do more Elvis art?

Eric:  I don’t have any plans to do another one. That could change.

[Denise “aside”:  I’m hoping this will change!]

Denise:  Have you ever exhibited in an Elvis Art Show? Have you, or would you submit your Elvis art to Graceland’s yearly art contest during “Elvis Week” in Memphis?

Eric:  No. Didn’t know they existed. I didn’t know about the Graceland thing either.

[Denise “aside”:  Check out for an upcoming “Call To Artists” for the Elvis Week Exhibit in Memphis and there’s an ongoing online gallery exhibition at ]

Denise:  Have you ever visited Graceland?

Eric:  Never have. It’s on my ‘to do’ list however. I think that I could spend an entire day there once I ever make it though.

Denise:  What is your “pay off” for creating Elvis art? What do you get out of it?

Eric:  Like most of my art I enjoy painting people I admire like John Prine, Tom Waits, James Dean. So essentially the paintings I really get into are a tribute to those people. I have painting requests and topical people but they are not as much fun and I have more difficulty with those.

Eric:  Thank you and everyone that voted for me!!

Eric Dee, Elvis Art Winner

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Kivi Moments in Time Fine Art Gallery located in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona presents an evening of handmade beaded jewelry and pointillism paintings by Denise Landis.

Come join us in fabulous Oldtown Scottsdale Arts District for an experience of art, jewelry, music, and exciting dialog as Denise demonstrates her modified pointillism painting technique and speaks of the meditation that evolves during her art-making process.

April 29 ~~~ during Scottsdale’s Famous Thursday Night Art Walk

Kivi Moments In Time Fine Art Gallery

4168 North Marshall Way            Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Call 480-970-1979 for more information

These three photos show a few of the initial steps as Denise begins to work.  See the completed “Cowboy Elvis” painting and witness the artist’ start of a new painting while on site.

Rough "wash" to start

Initial start of paint dabs

More colors added

Elvis Art Contest

Hey Elvis artists and painters!   Enter the new Elvis Presley Portrait Contest if you are a current artist/member of Fine Art America. Digital photo submissions will be accepted till April 24, 2010 and then the three day voting period begins!  The winner will be determined by popular vote and will be announced on April 30th.   And…the general public can vote!  That means you can solicit votes from friends and family in order to win!

The actual contest winner will be interviewed by me and will be featured on this blog as well as on the Fine Art America Famous People Portraits Group Page.  Artists will get lots of free publicity!  These contests can get lots of interest from fans, buyers, and art collectors.  So enter those Elvis paintings today.

But remember!  Artists must be current members of Fine Art America.

The Shaman 18 x 24 850.00

My pointillism painting “The Shaman” was accepted into the juried art exhibit “Past Feelings” at SunDust Gallery in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The opening reception is Friday night (3/12) at 6pm. The exhibit will remain up till mid April.

Portrait of a Boy

Occasionally, it will take me quite a while to complete a portrait.  Therefore, the photograph used for reference is “old” before the painting is started.  And the portrait captures the age of of the subject at the time of the photograph.  My new portrait of a little boy already shows it’s age.  He doesn’t use a “sippy cup” any more.  I’ve captured his toddler years; now, long gone.  He’s four years old going on “young man”.  I’m hoping this young man won’t mind looking at his “Sippy Cup Portrait” for the rest of his life.  It’s a time capsule.

Top Ten Winner

My acrylic painting titled Cowgirl #2 was one of the top ten portraits in the Guests Gallery First International Portrait Competition.   Guests Gallery, based in Georgia, USA, is a nonprofit internet virtual art gallery and offers exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and established artists with the intention to show the talent and diversity of artists from around the world.  Selection was by general votes online.

I wish to thank all those who voted for me.  It means a lot!

Studio Tour

Denise Landis/Studio Tour 2008

This weekend will be filled with excitement as the Artists of the Superstitions, a group  of artists inspired daily by the beauty of a huge mountain range in central Arizona, USA.  We will gather together at twenty-one artist studios in the small communities of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon located east of the Phoenix metro areas.  There are forty+ artists displaying items in multiple mediums ranging from the fine arts, functional arts, to creative crafts, and jewelry.    Studio doors open at 9am and remain so till 4pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Each studio is different, as are the artists’ personalities and individual art pieces.   I will be selling my handmade beaded jewelry and large Pointillism paintings as well as demonstrating my unique style of painting with “dots”.   Also at my studio is Cheryl Fecht, an oil painter, specializing in intricate interpretations of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and more Arizona & New Mexico locations;  Lori Berry will have beautiful fused glass jewelry and art for sale; and Sandra Wilderman will have even more attractive paintings for customers to choose from as they shop for their holiday gifts.

Yes, the holidays will soon be here.  Why not buy original art and jewelry this year?  They make “the best” gifts.  For more information about this year’s Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour and to obtain a map of each studio location, go to