San Francisco Inaugural
In May 1994 I was part of the San Francisco VIP group who was flown over from San Francisco (via LAX) to the UK, where we spent the weekend with Richard Branson, Virgin Group Chairman and Founder, and his family, colleagues and friends, in London and at his Oxfordshire estate, and then flew back on the inaugural flight of Virgin Atlantic into San Francisco. I drew live digital portraits of Richard and his family and guests during the weekend on the inaugural flight itself. This was my first major art project on becoming a full-time artist and I was using state-of-the-art equipment (for the time) including an early Mac Powerbook with a Wacom tablet and Fractal Design Painter X2 software. Here are some of the portraits and a few photos from the experience.
This portrait of Sir Richard Branson was created from life on board the Virgin Atlantic San Francisco Inaugural flight.
With Holly and Richard and one of Holly’s friends in Richard’s Oxfordshire garden watching a replay of my portrait of Holly.
Portrait of Richard’s daughter, Holly.
Portrait of Richard’s mother, Eve.
Portrait of Richard’s father, Ted.
At Richard’s Oxfordshire home with lovely Marian and Vivian Brown, San Francisco’s famous twins, who always had such wonderful smiles.
Clarence Clemons playing on board the Virgin Atlantic San Francisco Inaugural flight.
Portrait of Liz Brewer.
Portrait of Richard Mineards.
Portrait of Marci MacDonald.
Portrait of Everett Potter.
Portrait of Tony Hawks.
Portrait of Ruth Blakemore.
Portrait of Roy Gardner.
Portrait of Jan Jaques.
Richard drops by while I painted live portraits at the Virgin Atlantic Tenth Anniversary Party in London, UK, a few months after the San Francisco Inaugural.
Quick sketch of Richard.