Not every cultural icon inspires fine art, but Aretha Franklin seems to have acted as a muse for any number of Detroit artists. The Detroit News spoke with three local painters who created particularly handsome portraits of the Queen of Soul.
Kristin Beaver painted a large canvas of Franklin in 2009. Both Dominic Pangborn and Jason Phillips were moved to take brush in hand on hearing of her death.
Image: Jason Phillips “Queen of Soul” (featured in the Aretha SuperNatural exhibit)