Mike Geno and his still life paintings of food are making the rounds today, thanks in part to a fantastic interview with him on Eat Me Daily. Geno, a Philly artist, paints donuts, meat cuts, bread, and regional foods, like pretzels, Tastykakes, and scrapple. Notably absent from his Philly-food tableaus is the cheesesteak, but this is no oversight:
EMD: Scrapple, Tastykakes, and pretzels — you’re obviously influenced by your Philly surroundings — so tell us, where’s the cheese steak?
Mike Geno: Excellent question. It seems inevitable but so far I’ve not been successful in ordering one that holds up for a few hours while I paint it. I always work from life with my food and other still life paintings. Honestly, I don’t know if I’d hold up that long smelling it without eating it. I’ve developed a plan though. I may have to go to a good source, which alone is a Philly debate, and eat one before taking another one home to paint. That may just work.
[Image via Mike Geno.com]