This past October I was at the Food and Wine Festival that was being held at Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida. The festival includes food and wine seminars, wine tastings, and my favorite the foods and wines of the world. As I was walking through the hall where you can purchase the featured wines I just happened upon a piece of artwork that stopped me dead in my tracks.
It was the work of Will Rafuse an artist from Vancouver who exclusively works in oil paintings. Many of his paintings have a happy older man with exaggerated features. Will also has a strong interest in food, wine, and cocktails so many times our happy gentleman is mixing, stirring, or shaking some delectable delight.
I bought a print of one of Will's paintings on the spot. In my print my fellow is a bartender pouring a freshly mixed Manhattan. His series on Bartenders and Cocktails are my favorite.
Will also has paintings focused on Chefs, Servers, Cafes, Still Lifes, Coffee, Pastries, Cats, Dogs, Musicians, Players, Flowers, and Bugs.
The bold colors and style he uses in his paintings is very unique and stands out in any gallery. I plan on getting a lot more of Will's work and hope one day to treat him to a well mixed cocktail of my own.
Cheers to you Mr. Rafuse!
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