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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: Gene Locklear stands in front of his artwork inside his El Cajon home, Aug. 2...

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.

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