Featured Artist: Sam Salazar
The current Featured Artist on Good Day Lubbock is Sam Salazar with a portrait of Linda Carter's Wonder Woman.
From the Artist:
I have unique canvases that range from Custom Automobiles to Harley Davidsons to Fine Art pieces. Most recent projects I have been tackling are from the hot rod/drag racing cars. Out of all the subcategories in the auto groups, I specialize in customizing Low Riders. My experience consists of 25 years of in this field. Here in my later years my focus has been refining my skills from jack of all trades to obtaining Master level at one specific focus which is Airbrushing. The focus has led to a small collection of personal fine art pieces and has allowed me to display though several outlets here locally. Though I have a variety of canvases to work on the the Airbrush leads the way. Most, if not all, of my fine art ventures highlight the Pop Culture genre such as famous monsters, super heroes and "Star Wars."
My greatest achievement to date would go back to 1993 - my 9th grade year. It was a competition among all the high schools in Houston for Black History month hosted by NASA. My art teacher encouraged me to participate. I was reluctant, because I always failed art for never doing my assignments. The winning piece was to be selected to fly on MISSION STS-60. Part of the mission was to test how different elements react in the space atmosphere. I chose Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D to illustrate. Media was Prisma Berol color pencils on poster board. My art was selected by BEPC to fly in space. NASA held a big ceremony for me and my family. I even managed to pass art class that semester!
Art education: Self taught, I do not have any accredited schooling under my belt. No apprenticeships - just a whole lot of practice and passion. Art skills consists everything from graphic digital design to array of multi media outlets. Bucket list: learn how to 3-D animate and tattoo.
I work full time. Art is a hobby at this time in life. I am firm believer that if it's no longer fun it becomes work!
Future Goal: I would like work with a local gallery to bring a Chicano themed Low Rider exhibition to Lubbock. It would consist of everything under the sub-culture such as photography and artistic depictions of the lifestyle to Custom Painted Low Riders I have work on decked out in showcase form in a joint effort with others here in West Texas.