Piece description from the artist
Matisse lets his wife of many years walk out on him, as she can no longer assist him with his art. The painting on the wall is his assistant Lydia, who stays with him for decades until he dies.
In the subjective world of art, the most an artist can hope for is to be unique. Part of what sets Portland native Johnny Martin apart is who he chooses to paint. His works are a tribute to the world-famous painters who have blazed a path for all to follow.
When away from the easel, Mr. Martin spends his creative time as a vocalist, performing the swinging songs from the "Sinatra":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sinatra era.