RACER's Paul Pfanner (far left) and artist Doug Garrison (second from left) present the original artwork to Chris and Rob Dyson.
Multiple sports car eras come to an end at Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta this weekend, with the final race of the American Le Mans Series as well as for the P1 category in North America. To help commemorate the occasion, RACER founder, president and executive publisher Paul Pfanner presented an original artwork by noted motorsports artist Doug Garrison to Dyson Racing principals Rob Dyson and his son, Chris, depicting the team's iconic Lola B12/66 prototype.
"Really, I was just trying to document the final P1 season, so I did a lot of stuff on the Muscle Milk [HPD] car and I'd wanted to do one of the Dyson car," explains Garrison. "Finally something hit me that, 'This is the way to make that car work.' It's a little more colorful for some reason than my other stuff. It's got kind of an '80s or '90s feel to it – the colors are real bright. I was so happy with it and it's been one of my favorites all year long. So I'm really glad that someone's going to get it who it will be especially meaningful to."
Garrison employs a "semi-electronic" style by painting a rough, abstract image in watercolor or oil and then uploading it to a computer to add "digital brushwork."
"My process is a little bit unusual," he says. "I use a Macintosh computer and pen stylus – like a pencil on a piece of paper, but it's all digital. I paint watercolors and oils just to make shapes that are all abstract – and they become paintings of their own for a different group of people – and I then scan parts of them in and put them into the digital artwork. So it's a combination of digital and real – I hate to use the word 'real' because it's all real to me, but 'actual' paint."
To learn more about Doug and his artwork, check out douggarrison.com, and be sure to follow along on RACER.com as Dyson Racing looks to add to its legend at Petit Le Mans.