Willie Nelson portrait by Jack Lardis going to Willie Nelson Museum

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A portrait of Willie Nelson by Beacon Falls artist Jack Lardis is being donated to the Willie Nelson Museum in Nashville, Tenn. After many meetings with Nelson and numerous studies, Lardis arrived at a dramatic profile of the iconic musician. In 2009, it was presented to Nelson, who liked it well enough to sign the back of the painting at Waterbury’s Palace Theater before a concert.

Lardis met Nelson in 1993 when he had an advertising agency and his client, Jose Cuervo, sponsored 100 “Willie and Family” concerts over a two-year period. The campaign required in-person approval by Nelson of all creative materials and Lardis came to know him and his daughter, Lana.

Recently Lardis donated the painting to the Willie Nelson Museum, where it will be on display with a wall of gold and platinum records and awards, photographs of his country music friends, a replica of his original tour bus, Honeysucke Rose, and other history and memorabilia.

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