Jack and Coke

Jack and Coke


Acrylic on canvas

48” x 60” (122cm x 152.4cm)

This piece is strangely unique to me both personally and artistically. It combines two of my favorite techniques, airbrushing and oil painting, and is based on an indecent of my past.


Through my upper teen years and college, it was common knowledge to those who knew me that I didn’t drink alcohol. That didn’t stop people from offering my beer at parties, and it became a bit of a game to them to be the first to get me to drink.


Enter college. Returning from a long mountain bike ride, I ran into an old friend from high school. Noticing I was a bit worn out and probably thirsty, he offered me his can of Coca Cola. As I took what I thought was going to be a thirst quenching drink, he began to celebrate and laugh.  


After years of people trying to get me to drink alcohol, he finally did it.  I had to laugh too after my throat quit burning. That was no ordinary can of Coke. It was Jack Daniels with a little Coke splashed in for good measure.


I am much older now, but that memory still makes me chuckle. I rarely drink, except for the occasional glass of wine, but sometimes when the mood strikes a “Jack and Coke”.



Johnston, IA, USA

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