Piece description from the artist
The genesis for this piece was the wallpaper design in the background. I had it in my head for a while, but I took a long time getting around to it, because as you can imagine cutting the same design over and over a few dozen times was not the most appealing exercise I could conjure. I got around to it eventually, bit by bit, and although I originally conceived this piece as an Art Nouveau design, it slowly evolved to have a Gothic aura. I know Maureen O’Hara has green eyes, but I wanted to give her some baby blues to compliment and tie in with the blue background shading. As exemplified by the price this is one of my favorite pieces, and I hope you like it as much as I do.
I used Montana Gold Spray Paints, on a 16″×20″ canvas for this piece. As with all of my canvas pieces, it’s signed on the bottom.
Growing up as the son of an artist, John Contrado spent his entire life surrounded by beauty and creativity. His father's passion and love of art is what inspired John to start creating art of his own.
Spray paint and stencils became a natural fit for John because he is constantly tweaking and fine tuning during the art-making process. When he is designing and cutting stencils, for instance, he can make all the adjustments he wants before the paint ever touches the canvas. John considers this process of stenciling to be ninety percent preparation, and ten percent presentation; if it looks easy or effortless to the casual observer, John feels that he has been successful.