KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A subway painter transforms his passion for art and sport back into a KC baseball masterpiece.
Royals fans have probably seen William Rose's festive painting of the winner of the 201
"That was a great success," said Rose, looking at the painting. "It was more than I expected, we sold thousands of prints, so it was nice."
Following the painting's success, the Royals once again resorted to Rose, hoping he would create a memorial piece for the team's 50th season.
"They wanted someone who could do figurative work and take a picture, of course I could," said Rose.
Rose gave FOX4 a quick look at the progress of the oil painting. He started working about two weeks ago. Take a look at Roses painting in the video above.
The 6 x 10 foot screen features some of the team's most popular players and managers over the past 50 years
"We have 19 players and two managers here "Rose said. "So we have Howser and Yost, the two World Series Managers, obviously some current players, but also George Brett, Frank White and Willie Wilson."
Rose, who has lived in Prairie Village for 40 years, said it only took him a week to sketch the details on the canvas. He uses a spatula and a brush as a tool.
"My style is relatively easy to paint," said Rose. "The uniforms, hats, helmets and faces will have a lot of putty, which gives her a lot of structure."
The team logo on the painting has 24ct gold leaf.
"It's really gold and comes in super thin sheets," said Rose. "You have to apply glue, very carefully lay the leaves and pull up."
Rose said his favorite part about the process was painting itself.
"Put the actual oil paint on the canvas, that's what I enjoy most," said Rose.
Rose said he had always been a sports fan, especially baseball.
"I'm a sports fan in general, but baseball is something," Rose said. "If you know all the harassment and strategy and everything that's baseball, any pitch is exciting."
As far as painting is concerned, the 65-year-old admits that he started late in life.
I even know that I can paint to about 45, "Rose said," I just discovered that I can draw, and I love to do figurative work. I love capturing emotions in a face and the action in a sports figure. "
Rose hopes his newest Royals masterpiece will again be gold with the team and fans.
" This is somehow about the history of the game Royals, and it's a kind of timeless piece, I hope, "said Rose.
The new painting will replace the World Series painting in Kauffman, he said, with an official unveiling at the stadium on April 14. The public can, however, take a closer look at the Leopold Gallery in Brookside on April 12.