Share Share: May 20, 2016 August 5, 2016 The Dragon’s drawings Team USA weightlifter Caine "the Dragon" Wilkes also loves creating art. “George’s Morning Hours”, 2011 – oil painting. Says creator/Team USA weightlifter Caine “the Dragon” Wilkes: “I like the idea of clowns and how much emotion they can evoke.” “Sasha the Dog”, 2014 – watercolor and charcoal. “I did this for a friend – this is her dog … She took one of her favorite pictures and I worked from that.” “Henrietta the Hippo”, 2009 – acrylic. “[A friend] didn’t really give me any idea other than that she likes hippos … I really enjoyed making this piece, especially playing around with the colors.” “Wolf”, 2016 – watercolor. “I did this for my girlfriend. I was gonna surprise her with this and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise, so I told her it was moose … She really enjoyed it. She said it was a terrible moose. But I guess it turned out to be an all right wolf.” “Red Rigert”, 2009 – lithograph. “David Rigert is one of those old-school Russians that I look up to … This shows him breaking off the floor.” “Weightlifter’s Journey”, 2012 – mix-media. “It’s a statement on the preparation it takes to lift. It’s funny to think about the month after month a weightlifter puts in for six minutes on a platform.” “Clean”, 2008 – watercolor and charcoal. “It’s meant to show the strength in [weightlifting], but also the control needed to lift.” “Smiths’ Song”, 2007 – pastels. “Once a year we head down to Myrtle Beach … Families will come from all over. The Smiths are originally from Jamaica but they live in Canada now. But they visited and did some worship music. So I took some pictures of them while they were singing and worked from that … It was fun listening to them sing; I wanted to bring out the spiritual aspect of that.” “Snowman”, 2004 – watercolor. “This was an assignment to display perspective … It evokes a certain hopefulness. With the angled branches, maybe there’s a shimmer of hope in a darker place but I definitely wasn’t thinking that at 16 years old.” “Gilbert and the Brick Wall”, 2012. “Gilbert’s a character I’ve used a couple times … I think his face is mainly of desperation. He’s usually in dire situations … This is a physical manifestation of that idea when people compare obstacles to a brick wall.” Team USA weightlifter Caine “the Dragon” Wilkes also loves creating art. These are some of his favorite pieces.