Artist Malcolm Farley says painting celebs like Latin rocker Carlos Santana, New York Yankee Roger Clemens, Phil Collins and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev comes naturally to him, as their personalities have very different colors.
Farley says Clemens power and intimidating nature made him lean toward using reds for his painting whereas Santanas portrait required more lively colors.
As he puts it, Carlos came across in a very acidy Latino style with heavy aquas, oranges, and yellows.
Singer Phil Collins received aqua, turquoise, and deep blues for his portrait, but it was Gorbachev who was grateful to Farley for his portrayal of the politicos famous red-stained head.
Says Farley: He came over to me afterward and joked about his wine stain and how I painted it so tactfully.
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