Paul Lachine’s acrylic and scratchboard paintings of blues pioneers are a unique and compelling homage to some of the greatest musicians of all time.
Lachine, an illustrator and artist who lives in Chatham, Ontario, has been drawing and painting since he was a small boy. By his teen years, his cartoons had become the bane of his teachers. In his early twenties, completely self-taught, he began drawing and painting professionally.
“It’s just something I’ve always loved to do,” he said. “I have never imagined myself doing anything else.”
Since those early years Lachine has built a thriving career as a newspaper and magazine illustrator, with publishing credits in the Popular Science Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Toronto Star, among many others.
This series of blues paintings grew out of his passion for the music. A musician himself, Lachine some years ago fell in love with the cadences, rhythms and resonance of the blues. His growing interest in the lives and stories of the form’s great masters naturally led him to want to express this visually.
“I just want to share my love of the music and its creators with others, and connect with them on some level,” he said.