by Cheri Issel
"Wildcat Spirit" will be released at our gallery on Friday, November 23rd, 2018 with Dan & Cheri Issel in attendance. Print will be signed by Dan & Cheri Issel at this time, signing will take place from 5-6:30pm. This interpretation of the dynamically spirited Kentucky Wildcat was created from the life experience vision of talented watercolor artist, Cheri Issel. Growing up in the bluegrass region of Lexington, Kentucky, Cheri became quickly ignited with a lifelong passion for Kentucky basketball. As a cheerleader at the University of Kentucky during the late 1960’s, Cheri met the love of her life, Dan Issel, then a UK basketball player, who still remains the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in UK men’s basketball history. Their life together has been continually influenced by their Kentucky spirited roots, including Dan’s careers with the ABA Kentucky Colonels and the NBA Denver Nuggets, plus the honor of Dan’s induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. While each step of their basketball life together has created great memories, their most favorite of those will always remain of Cheri loudly cheering on the Wildcats with Dan playing under the legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Cheri and Dan’s Kentucky Wildcat spirit remains unbroken as they have proudly passed it on to their two children and five grandchildren. Their fiftieth anniversary of marriage will be celebrated in June 2019.
Cheri’s early Kentucky culture and her basketball life experience were the catalysts of her vision to capture on canvas this genuine ageless fighting spirit of the Kentucky Wildcat. Included in this artwork is a darker basketball, reminiscent of those used during the time of Dan’s UK playing days, to express her love for Dan and that they were brought together through the passionate Kentucky Spirit that is in all Wildcats. Go Cats!
Print size is 17 x 18.