Painting a subject without their knowing it, a surprise portrait, is always fraught with danger… and in the case of Don Keenan, doubly so.
A larger than life character electrifying the trial lawyer community with his “Reptile Theory” of practice, a TV personality, renowned children’s advocate, often to be found unshaved wearing shorts, T shirt and always those sunglasses. An ex-marine, irish blood, creator of the Kids Foundation and Bono afficianado. All this and more went into this painting.
It was with considerable relief that it was warmly and enthusiastically received at it’s unveiling in Houston where I had flown from my studio in Cork City, Ireland, via Amsterdam for the occasion. Kudos to the courage of the man brave enough to commission this painting!