Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Wells.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My art was inspired in Napa Valley, after tasting wine so good, it was rock star worthy. I wanted to reflect good times had with music and wine, essentially capturing time in a bottle. This series, I call Rockstar Reflections fast became a popular collectable. The series grew to include “Rockstar Reflections”, “Hollywood and Wine” ”Reflect Your Passion” and ‘Spin the Bottle” featuring Playboy Centerfolds and other sultry beings. Shortly thereafter, I came to see Lucas Rossi play on the Sunset Strip. Lucas was amazing, and I really loved Run Devil Run, a band that played before him. When I got home I did a painting of guitarist, Jackie Joyride, my first painting inspired by the Sunset Strip.
I fell in love with Los Angeles and I was so inspired by the Sunset Strip, the people, the cool rocker looks, the unique vibe on the street and in the venues. After painting the whole band at Run Devil Run, and the drummer several times, I was invited to show my art at the David Lawrence gallery, during the Sunset Strip Music Festival. I created a show called Reflections of The Strip, featuring artworks of famous musicians who had made it big on the Strip and musicians that are playing at the Viper Room, the Roxy and the Whiskey, making their way on the Strip today. I referenced my art from the incredibly talented, photographers of the Strip. I wanted to showcase and credit all of the talent the Strip had to offer, musicians, photographers and Hollywood icons. It was a community show to bring everyone together, to celebrate them. The show was a huge success and so fun! I found it heartwarming that the people of the Strip truly came together, to support my art show and celebrate the Sunset Strip. It became an annual show. In later years I also painted some of the venues and familiar faces of the Strip. I also enjoyed painting a couple of huge guitar sculptures, honoring Alice Cooper and Steven Tyler, for Gibson Guitar Town, to benefit an LA charity. I had the pleasure of doing art lessons for the homeless kids in Los Angeles. The people of the Strip and of Los Angeles have been so wonderful to me, I love to give back to the community that has filled my inspiration and left me smiling time and time again. I have met some of my favorite people, greatest friends and biggest inspirations on the Strip and I’ve had some crazy adventures that have all inspired my art and passion for life.
I was invited to show my art at the Punk Rock Museum in Los Angeles by Taquila Mockingbird. I loved her vibe and free spirit, we meshed! Inspired by the stories of Sid and Nancy Spungen of the Sex Pistol’s, I created some of my most controversial artworks for my Punk Rock Museum Show. These artworks told the Sid and Nancy. I created two artworks telling that story, each art had a different conclusion for the question “who killed Nancy?” I’m looking forward to a future Punk inspired show we are planning. My vintage Hollywood, pop art was inspired by a bartender who told me of the good old days when Hollywood stars, made Palm Springs their playground. My series “If These Walls Could Talk” brings old Hollywood to life in these vibrant, vintage style artworks, allowing the walls tell the stories and set the mood for fun in any space.
Recently the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City, bought four of my original artworks celebrating Jersey’s finest musicians, including a Whitney Houston tribute which now hangs at the entrance to the High Limit area in the hotel. Six or seven years ago, inspired by the Sunset Strip, I created a series I call “Reflection Your Passion” portraits, featuring people wearing sunglasses, reflecting their passion in their shades. I continue to be inspired by the Sunset Strip, recently painting a tribute to Lemmy with the Rainbow Bar and Grill reflected in his shades, capturing the character and history of the Sunset strip with each passionate brush stroke.
I could go on and on with stories of the adventures in Los Angeles that inspired my art, to hear more stories of inspiration, see my art, read my bio, buy art, order commissions and see pictures from my gallery shows and celebrity events, please visit www.artistwells.com where I will be announcing my upcoming shows and the addition of my art to another California gallery, soon. Please subscribe to my mailing list to stay informed. My art can be found at galleries across the US and on art collector’s walls, worldwide, including a few celebrities.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a wild adventure and I’ve loved every moment. I never see anything in art as a struggle, I love a good challenge and I enjoy using my brain for solutions, it makes me more creative.
RockStar Reflections – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an artist, owner and publisher. I paint rock stars, celebrities and pop culture. I do paintings of wine bottles reflecting good times had with music and wine, essentially capturing time in a bottle. I create art that makes people smile and brings them back to the good old days to re live their special moments in time.
I specialize in commission orders and custom artwork. I love creating something fabulous for someone, something even better than they had imagined. I often get orders for artwork that is given as gifts. At times several people pool their money together to order an original art for their loved one. It touches my heart how thoughtful people are and I put all of that love in the artwork for them, often adding details that make the art so personal and the recipient, so happy. I can paint anything imaginable, the possibilities are endless.
I also get a lot of custom orders for my wine bottle artworks .These are acrylic on canvas, paintings of wine bottles with reflections in them, they have hidden messages and personalized labels to commemorate special dates such as weddings and anniversaries. The perfect way to send a message in a bottle. Someone once sent me their wedding wine bottle to use as reference for the artwork he commissioned as a sweet surprise for his wife. I also have a personalized champagne art, print that you can order online. Which makes a great wedding gift or commemorative artwork.
I offer limited edition, fine art reproductions on my website, so you can buy off my virtual gallery wall or call me to order a custom original. You can also find my trusted galleries on my website, with locations in Scottsdale, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Caesar’s Palace, Forum Shops. Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Canada, New Jersey and more.
I am most proud of raising 60,000 dollars to help kids in need, with artworks that I created during my chemo treatment. It was not easy to paint during that time but it made my heart feel so good and I’m so happy to help others! I’ve also created a Cash Cow for a cure to help people survive cancer, you can purchase a print on my website, to help make the world cancer free.
What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
I feel lucky to be filled with passion and inspiration, to have met so many wonderful people and to have had so many fun adventures and stories related to my art. I wouldn’t say that luck has anything to do with those things, I think timing is everything along with being open to adventure and most importantly staying unique.
Michael Eivaz and James Donnelly
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