The kind folks at Los Dos Molinos in Mesa, Arizona have re-decorated the restaurant during their summer vacation, and given me new space to display my tequila prints on the bar side. It makes sense to have my prints in the bar, where Los Dos’ many tequilas are available, and the BRILLIANT red walls are a nice backdrop for the prints.
Thank you to John and Maricella for accommodating me, and for selling Jerry Cave Art at one of the best restaurants in Arizona!
I’ve been asked many times what drove me to paint “Miranda’s Obsession.” Miranda works at Super Cuts, and cuts my hair. (Okay, no hair jokes.) She has many piercings and is covered with tattoos. One day I asked about the one on her left arm, and she told me of the HUGE expense it took to get it there. The tattoo is Alice In Wonderland with a twist. Days later, I had the thought of doing a tequila painting that included her arm raising a nice snifter of fine tequila, and the tequila that came to mind is the luscious Los Azulejos anejo in the Picasso bottle. My thought was: art meets art. The painting begs the question: what is her obsession, the tattoos, or the tequila? You can provide your own answer. Miranda’s Obsession was a stretch for me, and a fun challenge.
Several months ago, I was privileged to hang my series of tequila prints in Los Dos Molinos in Mesa. John, the general manager there, recently asked if I would be willing to offer some prints for sale in another restaurant. Of course I said, “yes,” and found that he owns La Ristra in Gilbert, Arizona, a “cousin” restaurant to Los Dos. I drove directly to La Ristra and spoke with his son (also John) and found that it was not only a restaurant, but a tequila bar and tequila club with nearly 600 members! During our conversation over what prints to hang, John told me that the bartender’s nine-month-old daughter was fighting cancer of the kidney. John told me the restaurant was donating 15% of the dinner receipts on June 2 to the family. He asked if I would consider putting a giclée print into a raffle to help the family cover medical expenses. I didn’t even have to think about it. My wife and I also participated in the dinner with several of our friends, and were happy to see that the restaurant was very busy.
A wise woman once told me that things happen for a reason. I’m thrilled and humbled that my artwork might bring some help to a family and a beautiful little girl named Raeya.