15627 Old Humble Rd,
Humble TX 77396
Contact: Ray Gatica
September 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Retiring Artist Still Helps To Makes Clients Fantasy’s A Reality.
Artist Helps Fill Artistic Void For Clients
Humble, TX: There was a time before computers and digital painting programs like PhotoShop, and Dream Weaver and, the large format, digital printing capabilities - when people wanted custom art or murals for their home or office they would seek an artist/painter to create and paint a piece to bring their vision to life and make it a reality.
For over thirty years ‘artrepreneur’, artist, Ray Gatica has been providing his custom art services for private and professional clients. His specialty has been custom, hand-painted murals, art and big architectural graphics.
“Recently, the artist was contacted by a potential client from Atascocita, Texas, the client came to my home in Humble, with an idea he had for a mural that would reflect his life of the past 30 years”, says the artist. His idea was to have himself as a bartender in a bar, surrounded by friends/band members of bands mentioned below.
The final painting includes the client, he is the one behind the bar pouring drinks. The rest of painting consisted of various elements meaningful to the client. For instance, at the top of the painting there is an airplane landing - this reflects the airplanes that fly over his house in Atascocita on a daily basis. And, he had worked as a bar tender/owner in Indiana, along with being a music promoter and had worked with bands like the Nelson Twins, Cheap Trick, Survivor, and other bands mentioned below.
The characters in the painting are friends/band members which include: The Nelson twins (Mathew and Gunner); Jason Bonom, son of John Bonom; Jackson Spire, AKA Thunder foot drummer for Black Foot, Rick Nielson (Cheap Trick), Gay Richlath (REO Speed Wagon); Jimi Jamison, of Survivor, sang Eye of the Tiger on Rocky IV); Dave Huebeck (Molly Hatchet); Jonny Gee (Ted Nugent’s bassist); Ricky Beneck (Mitch Rider & Road Master).
At the right end of the painting are his parents and daughter eating at a favorite diner; and, at the left end - is an ex-girlfriend who shall remain nameless, as a mystery woman friend.
Note: The client is available to further expound on the above characters along with his motivation for the overall piece.
The final canvas size was approximately 17’ wide, by approximately 5’ high and tapered down to 30 inches” on one side and 23 inches at the other. In essence it was a triangular shape canvas.
When completed, the artist delivered the piece to the client’s home and stretched and fitted the canvas to fit the custom shape wall space.
“This was a very special artistic piece that does not take place every day. The client was pleased and has become a friend”, says the artist.
After around 35 years of providing this type of service, semi-retired, Gatica, feels honored and lucky to get calls from clients still looking to employ his artistic services. He also enjoys meeting potential clients and the challenges each project brings.