Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Former Padre-Turned-Artist Creates Piece In Honor Of Tony Gwynn

Former Padre-Turned-Artist Creates Piece In Honor Of Tony Gwynn

After spending 10 years playing Major League Baseball — including for the San Diego Padres — Gene Locklear left the sport to become a professional artist.

Photo caption:

Photo by Dwane Brown

Gene Locklear stands in front of his artwork inside his El Cajon home, Aug. 24, 2015.

After spending 10 years playing Major League Baseball — including for the San Diego Padres — Gene Locklear left the sport to become a professional artist.

Locklear, 66, is now paying tribute to a player who came after him: Tony Gwynn.

Locklear, whose detailed paintings depict professional athletes, unveiled his latest work of Gwynn finishing a perfect swing.

"This is the best shot that I ever found of him," Locklear said. "If you look at the lighting, it's great. Lighting is very important when you're doing a piece in sports because it gives you that three-dimensional effect."

Locklear uses oils, acrylics and pencils to create his art — some of which have included Native American pieces to a painting of the White House.

Locklear, who was an outfielder for the Padres, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees, studied at the School of Fine Arts in New York.

FEATURED PODCAST

San Diego News Matters podcast branding

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.

  • Don’t have time to keep up on the latest news? We’ve got you covered with a mid-week check-in every Wednesday afternoon.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.