Current projects for Sports Artist John Robertson - Paintings for Atlanta Braves Stadium opened March 2017 and Green Bay Packers re-model opening July 2017. Created Sports Art for Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49er's, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Net, Prudential Sports Arena (New Jersey Nets New Jersey Devils), the Amway Sports Arena Orlando Magic, etc
Interested in a portrait of your car? Please contact artist John Robertson.
Painting of Tom Brizuela's 1938 Buick Century from the Ventura, Ca.
"Classics on the Coast" car show on Main street. The painting is 6 feet by 10 feet, ink and
acrylic on unstretched canvas.
Tom Brizuela's. I met
Tommy at a recent street car show on Main
Street in Ventura,
on the Coast). There were over 300
cars on display and I took the opportunity to photograph this beautiful Buick
Century. Tom has worked for BMW for a number of years, and, as you can see his
main hobby is auto body restoration on pre-1960 vehicles and he does custom painting.
Some of the interesting facts about a 1938
Buick Century is that the base price started at $1,297. They made a little
over 12,000 of these cars. It had an Overhead-valve straight-eight,
cast-iron block and cylinder head with a displacement of: 320.2 cubic
inches. Horsepower @ rpm: 141 @ 3,600
and Torque @ rpm: 269 @ 2,00.0. The
transmission was a Three-speed manual, floor lever. Steering - Saginaw worm and roller. I just put this
information in about the steering because I liked the sound of the words "
When I was growing up in the 50's my step dad had a gas
station and garage. It had one bay and
he did every imaginable kind of work on a car.
He did ton's of engine exchanges outside with block and tackle suspended
from an "A" frame wooded structure,
besides rebuilds from the ground up.
Anything a customer wanted he could do.
I grew up around a lot of different cars, first working as a gas station
attendant, pumping gas, washing all the windows around on the car, checking the
oil, water, etc. Later, as I got older I
helped out in the shop with the engine work, starting with cleaning parts and
working my way up to assembly. I learned
a lot about mechanical cars.
My first car was a 1940 Studebaker half ton pickup. I was 15 years old and would get about to get my driver's learners permit in a
half of a year.. My step dad brought the
truck home from work (as I recall I paid $100 for it with the money taken out
of my earnings at the station) and parked it in the driveway. I had already driven a few cars around so I
had some confidence driving. I remember
getting into the driver's side of the cab, with my dad next to me. He was going to let me back it out of the
driveway. I promptly engaged the clutch,
put the three speed floor shifter into reverse to back out of the
driveway. I popped the clutch and
promptly drove the truck forward through the garage door. I had put it into first instead of reverse. Thus began my experience of driving my own