Throughout the 25 years of visual Schulz-like subject matter, the soul of the work has had to grow through always seeing the making of painting in a new way in order to remain alive. Like the 70s funk music that this work was created with and named after, "I got soul and I'm SuperBad"
In 2006, six years after first arriving in French Polynesia a small tree honoring the occasion of my marriage was planted on our "motu" (Tahitian word for island) at the waters edge next to the pier that overwater bungalow studio sits on. As a souvenir I have been using the leaf from the tree as a canvas to create a mission landscape upon for those "homies" that I have met along the way.
Arriving at such a place is something Everhart shares with his once mentor and close friend Charles Schulz. By the mid 60's, Schulz had earned a similar creative license through the peaking success of Peanut's. Once there he was able to freely explore. Out of this time came some of the best work he would ultimately produce. And, for his fans, one the most cherished being Snoopy's alter ego, the World War One Flying Ace.
From the moment when a young artist picks up that first pencil, crayon or chalk to make their mark; the search for their own creative voice has begun. Along the way there will be no signposts or maps that will lead them. Typically, the only guide is their own instinct. For Everhart, that search in his early years took him to many places
What do you buy for the ballplayer that has it all? In the case of Mariano Rivera, the Los Angeles Angels felt the only and best choice would be his own painting by Stephen Holland.
This year, Stephen Holland was commissioned to paint Peyton Manning in celebration not only for his astonishing career, but also an amazing year. Holland's painting much like Manning himself, has received a great deal of attention and accolades. So much so, that the story has leaped of the sports pages to the artist and culture section of Denver Post
The relationships we see in Everhart's paintings are of course entirely different from those of Sparky (Schulz.) These are the relationships that are from Everhart's own life. And much of that life is spent by Tom and his wife Jennifer in their part-time home of Tahiti, where they often entertain their many friends from near and far. This is just one set of relationship Everhart has offered us in his recent series of work - Starry Starry Light.
For Holland, his own life's story has always been what has guided his artistic approach to his subjects. No matter how big the icon of sports, film, music, politics or even fiction, Holland's subjects have been, he's always seen his portraits as ones of his subject's fundamental character. As it's this, and this alone that Holland knows to be the source of their genuine greatness.