Thursday, June 18, 2009
Kirby Cooper PHD
Kirby (as he allows me to call him) was visiting his artist friend at the Open Studios last weekend. Even as he limped along with his cane, I thought he seemed to be an interesting person and had an even more interesting face.
As he was about to leave, I struck up a conversation with him and learned how he teaches enlisted soldiers 'Sadistics' [Statistics] at Travis Airforce Base and his cousin is a Juliard Alumni who now plays trumpet for the likes of Michael Buble and the Jonas Brothers. Jumaane Smith has the unique ability to hit a 3 chord note, something his mentor Wynton Marsalis cannot even do.
I did a quite sketch from the many photos he allowed to take of him using the 2 inch view finder screen on my camera. I gave him the original and that is why this photo is not the best quality of the 8x10 pen on paper rendering.