The Last Cowboy Champion by Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

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© Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham)
© Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo- Artist 2011

This is a portrait of Blackjack Mulligan, my childhood hero in the 70s. It was a real challenge to paint btw. I will always have a special spot for him. I had a chance to write him and he wrote me back 3 emails and one hand written letter. Believe me, I was HAPPY! He was about my age in this portrait, he is now 68. At 6’ 9" and 310 pounds he was in his day the biggest wrester out there at the time before Andre the Giant hit the scene. He’s been in many bouts with the Giant both in and out of the ring. Andre use to love to pick fights with BJ, because he knew he’d get a good fight.
The big man held 18 different titles before he retired from the ring. One such title was this beautiful USA heavy weight championship leather belt. It’s the same belt Ric Flair held at one time. BJ was one of Flair’s mentors back when he first started and the belt was to be passed to Flair. They at one time had a very close friendship, even had their homes next door.

The black and white photograph below is of back in the old school days, the man on the left is Black Jack Lanza, BJ’s tag team partner at the time and the little guy in the middle is Bobby the Brain Heenan

For those who don’t know Blackjack Mulligan besides being a pro wrestler, he is Berry Windham’s father and a real cowboy who lives on a real ranch and rides horses, the works. BJ was also a pro football player before he broke his leg. He played for the NY Jets. He’s a Christian and has been married to the same woman for over 45 years. :)

Done in photo shop, the same way I did “The Squared Circle” lasso selection and flat colors only. there is NO photograph in this

Gems Gone Unnoticed
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ref. photo

Blackjack Mulligan is the bigger feller on the right


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About the Artist:
Born in Dunoon-Argyll, Scotland, Patricia Anne McCarty has studied art most of her life. Patricia is an artist of many interests and skills in both the fine arts as well as commercial art. Patricia works traditionally in Sculpture using both bronze and clay, She also is a story Writer, a Poet and Lyrical Writer, Patricia has studied and can use photography as an art, and with in her art. She specializes in Digital Airbrush Painting.

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Fantastic portrait, Patricia Anne

  • Thank you so much! xoxoxoxoxxoxo this one was difficult but I rather like it :)

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    an outstanding image, just so beautiful,dawnx

  • thank you :) xoxoxoxoxoxo

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 3 years ago

    This is fabulous work Patricia interesting story.

  • Thank you my friend, I’m glad you read it too, he is very different from Ric Flair, kind of neat to have the two old school talets side by side. xoxoxoxoxox

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • DilettantO
    DilettantOover 3 years ago

    A fabulous portrait with so much more character and energy than the ref photo! I bet ol’ Blackjack loves it! I know I do! XXX

  • I would REAL Love him to have this, it has been years sense I heard from him and he had a stroke a while back, But i may have a way to get it to him threw Hot Spot Sports, maybe, they do promos for old school wrestlers. These old guys are hard to find sometimes.
    oxoxoxox thanks btw

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirover 3 years ago

    stunning portrait Patrica,you nailed it spot on,very skillful and artistic well done friend……………magic :)

  • xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo thank you Martin, i was just whinning like a baby about not being seen now all of a sudden some people are coming bacl heehee, guess it’s true what they say “close mouth don’t get fed” LOL

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • thank you hon!! MEANS A LOT :) XOXOX

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • LTScribble
    LTScribbleover 3 years ago

    Outstanding Patricia not only would he love this…I think some of the others might get jealous of it…like Rowdy Roddy Piper……you really did wonderful here :0)

  • PIPER what a image THAT would be! and yeah! heehee! thank you lis xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 3 years ago

    my goodness you are so talented!!!!

  • Thank you SO much! takes one to know one xoxoxoxxo

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • Matt Mawson
    Matt Mawsonover 3 years ago

    great work, Patricia … you’ve mastered that lasso tool!

  • Tahnks for the view1 xoxo That is a pain to use, but once you get it, it’s easy, vector is hard too till you get it. :)

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

  • rosell
    rosellover 3 years ago

    love your style

  • Thank you so much, I just started doing this style it’s bolder than my airbrush paintings, tho I like them too, but this goes much faster.

    – Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo

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