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Manon Elder. Ready.
Oil on canvas, 24" x 36".
Easy Rider was the very first portrait I did of a man and his bike, but Ready was the very first painting I did as an artist specializing in motorcycle art. When I painted the chrome and it actually looked like chrome- and I knew I hadn't sweated over it- I felt I had found my niche.

Bill consented to pose for Ready on the condition I go for a ride. So, for the first time in eons, I found myself on the back of a bike, Bill did not race, or take corners like a maniac, but neither did he go slow. He stopped about every twenty minutes to stretch out the legs. I was grateful for all of it. And when we stopped by a country roadside for the photo shoot, I thought the essence of the ride was reflected in chrome and leather.

I painted the leather pants with ...
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16”x 24”    -    Reproduction on canvas

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