Kansas City sports fans are wild about the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This enthusiasm for his record-setting on-field artistry has made a difference for one Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) engineer who is also an oil painter.
His most requested subject in recent months? The Super Bowl-bound 23-year-old sports hero.
Aaron Norris, a Senior Engineering Technical Specialist who runs a 3D metals lab for KCNSC, has completed numerous oil paintings of Mahomes and created another portrait made of 75,000 plastic beads that brought attention to him and his two daughters, who helped him with the beadwork over a five-week period.
I just needed a break from oil painting, so I came up with the idea to create a portrait out of plastic beads.
In 2019, Norris painted nine Mahomes portraits, but he wanted to try something new. So he utilized a different medium for portraying the hometown sports hero. He put down his paintbrush and picked up a glue gun. He created the portrait just to see if he could do it.
“I just needed a break from oil painting, so I came up with the idea to create a portrait out of plastic beads,” Norris said. “I tend to do this every once in a while.”
Norris and his two daughters glued thousands of beads onto a large piece of wood.
Norris started painting when he was a teenager. Depending on the complexity of the subject matter and size of the canvas, it usually takes him one to two weeks to complete a painting.
Norris says what he enjoys the most about painting is that he is in complete control. “It’s just something that I’m completely comfortable with, and I never feel like there’s a situation I can’t handle when I’m in front of my easel.”
His favorite subjects at the moment are sports paintings, but the Chiefs quarterback’s popularity has been a game-changer.
“Mahomes portrait requests began almost immediately after he assumed the starting role,” Norris said.