It’s become a familiar trip for Greg Storer.
Each September, as he’s done for the past 24 years, the Landen artist delivers painted portraits from his Mason art studio to The Ohio State University in Columbus.
These aren’t just any painted portraits — they’re the youthful captures of the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, presented to each athlete as part of their induction into the hall.
Last week on the school’s Columbus campus, 11 sports heroes were inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame during annual ceremonies honoring former athletic greats.
Among this year’s class were four football players who went on to NFL careers – including All-Americans Orlando Pace and Mike Doss – and Saturday during halftime of the Ohio State and Toledo football game, all 11 athletes were honored on the field at Ohio Stadium.
“I consider it s a real privilege to be able to pay tribute to these great athletes,” said Storer, himself a former Buckeye who played under legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Gerry Faust.
Storer has served as the official portrait painter for the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame for nearly a quarter of a century. It’s a title he holds dear.
“I’d almost do this for free because it is such an honor,” said Storer, who played tight end for Hayes in the late 1970s and graduated from OSU with bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1979.
The Enquirer’s Michael D. Clark spoke with Storer about his work:
Storer’s contemporary realist style of painting has earned him international recognition since he graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Ohio State. His subjects vary widely from football and sports – which comprises only a small portion of his portfolio – but he brings a unique passion to his hall of fame portraits and Buckeye football-themed paintings, many featuring game action.
“Since I played the game I have a sense of what it took for them to be a part of their sport and what sports are about. There is a beauty and clarity to sports that I like to capture,” said Storer, who lives in nearby Landen.
“Plus I love staying connected to Ohio State because I love all things Ohio State,” said the proud graduate during break between teaching art classes at his studio near Mason’s main business district.
His next Buckeye-related project: A real-life size portrait of former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.
Storer’s other paintings and more information about his studio classes can be found at his web siteat www.art-classes-cincinnati.com.
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