John Wayne Portraitby David R. Darrow
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Acrylic on Panel
Collection of George Reis,
San Diego, CA – USA

About This Painting

The Duke. I grew up with this fellow on TV all the time. Our TV was black and white all the years I lived at home, so I never got to see John Wayne in color unless I ‘went to the movies’ or saw him on a friend’s color TV. The last movie I saw him in was his last movie The Shootist.

It’s reported that John Wayne’s gravestone is engraved with the inscription Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.

I painted this one evening on my internet broadcast as a demo. Someone in the accompanying chatroom asked why I never paint in acrylic… and I responded with this acrylic painting of John Wayne. As an illustrator for 20 years, I painted in acrylic all the time, but 10 years ago I switched to oil. ◙