I watched Kris Letang play hockey since I was 11 years old. I consider him one of the best defenseman in the last decade or more, so this painting was a pretty special one to do.
Kris watched me paint at Night of Assists, which is an event hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation at PPG Paints Arena. I painted in one of the Suites where the players were before moving to the main floor to finish a couple other pieces.
A few weeks after the show, a friend of mine who works with the Penguins told me Kris wanted a painting of mine. He wanted himself, Sid, and Geno, celebrating after what was probably a power play goal.
What was even cooler was being able to give the painting to Kris himself at Penguins Locker Room Clean Out Day.
Because I was able to go to Locker Room Clean Out Day, I also knew that I could give this painting to Coach Sullivan.
At the Night of Assists event, Coach Sully came up to me during a painting and we had a really great conversation. He stayed and watched me perform a few paintings with the rest of his Coaching Staff. It was really cool. I wanted to do this painting as a thank you for being a good guy and representing the City I grew up in so well.
PS. God gives good gifts