Since Etta is Xtina’s musical hero and “Beautiful” is, arguably, her “At Last,” and now that she was a little bit healthier, I thought it would make a great pop art piece and it just made sense to do it then. I actually wanted it to look more pop art/photo real, but I think that got lost in translation in the early stages of communicating my concept back-and-forth with the artist.
Anyway, my idea was always to have it be an auction piece for a good cause. Perhaps, one close to Xtina’s or Ms. James’ heart? Or maybe there’s an Etta James foundation now? But, I don’t have a specific cause or event for it to be a part of. I’d like to keep it local to Austin, if at all possible. Any ideas?