My Americana

Missy Morrow's avatar Missy Morrow

Having grown up in the Detroit area it was difficult not to fall in love with Classic Cars. My Grandfather Len worked at Fisher Body and Cadillac for his whole career and my father started out at Chrysler. Just about every one in my family is tied to the auto industry . I worked as a chemist/coatings engineer for the first part of my career, matching car colors with my 1st job working in the DuPont's GM and Ford color matching labs. But with all the colors that I have worked on, my favorite is black. As Henry Ford once said, "You can buy any color as long as it's black." Pictured here is a 1949 Chevy, one of my favorite body styles, in the White Lake Cruzin' parade. Where did great design go? Here are a few subtle facts about the piece. There is no black in the painting. The Chevy's rich color ( to appear black) comes from a mix of Indigo and Alizarin Crimsen. The cars are therefore, and symbolically red, white and blue. When I took the photo I used as reference, this was the actual order and color of the cars. Sometimes you just get lucky. Thank you to all of the people in the industry who have worked so hard and thank you to my Grandfather, WWII Veteran and my personal hero, Leonard William Schim. This painting is dedicated to you.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: OIl
  • Width: 4'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 5'