GOLDEN, Colo. -- What do Pope Francis and rock star Steven Tyler have in common? Believe it or not, they have the same taste in art -- and an interest in Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
David Uhl of Golden has captivated people around the world -- and from all walks of life -- by capturing the spirit of these mechanical masterpieces on canvas like no one else.
He’s considered to be the best, and he's the only artist with permission from Harley to use their bikes in his work. His paintings hang in the homes of celebrities like Jay Leno, and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler.
But his biggest thrill was just a short time ago, when he met Pope Francis and gave him gave his original painting, “Chance Encounter”.
“My God, I was humbled by the opportunity to be there and blown away by the art collection. No adjectives to describe that,” Uhl said of his meeting with the Pontiff. “ I had my little painting. I felt like the little drummer boy giving him that thing.”
Now that painting hangs in the Vatican alongside the world’s most prestigious art. It’s even commemorated by a special post card and a stamp custom made by the Vatican post office.
David says his audience with the Pope was like completing a circle -- one that started as a student at Jesuit High School. The only problem was, the school didn’t offer art classes.
“I was sitting there taking physics class, taking notes all day," Uhl said. "I had to use a ball point pen and that turned me into an illustrator and on in to art."
He’s come a long way, but perhaps most remarkable is the fact that he’s only began oil painting 15 years ago.
“Yeah,” Uhl said. ”I’m just getting started.”AlertMe