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Artwork by Drummer Michael Cartellone

Michael Cartellone began painting at the age of four. In an interview with Montgomery News, he says that the summer after his kindergarten year, his parents sent him to the Cleveland Institute of Art.

“They were trying to teach a 4-year-old kid the principles of balance and light and shading and I was more interested in painting Mr. Peanut,” said Cartellone. “In fact, I still have that Mr. Peanut painting.”

He began drumming at the age of 9, but he never stopped painting, and he continued to study music and art side by side. Michael Cartellone played drums for the band Damn Yankees and is currently the drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Artwork by Michael Cartellone will be on exhibit at Wentworth Gallery at the Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersery on June 5, 2010, and at the The Court in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on June 6, 2010.

One of the paintings in the show is a striking portrait of former Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant, who was killed in a plane crash in 1977. He tells the Montgomery News that the painting was created with contributions from Ronnie Van Zant’s widow Judy Van Zant, and his brother Johnny Van Zant, current lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd. He says that Judy and Johnny assisted him in capturing Van Zant’s features, most notably, his eyes.

Ronnie Van Zant by Michael Cartellone
Ronnie Van Zant by Michael Cartellone


Other portraits by Michael Cartellone include John Lennon and Charlie Chaplin. For more information about Michael Cartellone and to view more of his artwork, visit his website at:

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