The Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup Championship inspired a variety of art work, including some from unexpected sources. Daniel Duffy is a case in point. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, Duffy joined the legion of fans cheering on the Caps during the playoffs after they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Duffy was inspired to create an art print of Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup after the Capitals locked up the franchise’s first championship in franchise history two weeks ago.
They say a picture can be worth a thousand words, but in this case, the picture is made up of a thousand words. The print uses “word art” to depict Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup using words that include the date, score, and opponent from the 2017-18 championship campaign, starting with Washington’s 5-4 shootout victory on opening night in Ottawa and ending with the Capitals’ 4-3 Cup-clinching victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on June 7.
“So this project initially started out as a way to impress my wife (then girlfriend). She was a huge Phillies fan and they had just won the world series back in ’08 so I got started on my Brad Lidge piece,” said Duffy in response to a question about how he got started in making art prints.
Duffy, who also said that he does this as his full-time job, was never one of the guys to hang out with other artists when he went to art school. He played on the rugby team.
Despite being from Philly, Daniel said he “definitely” considers himself an Ovechkin fan and he rooted for the Caps after they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Being from Philly, I actually grew up a Philly sports fan. However, I definitely consider my self an Ovechkin fan. He’s one of the all-time greats, plus they beat the Penguins in the playoffs, so I think myself and everyone in Philly got behind them then.”
Duffy does a variety of art prints for the website Art of Words including the DC skyline and various sports venues and personalities. On his website, you can see that he created works for athletes that include Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw and ex-Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, and other famous figures such as Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., and Pope Francis.
To check out more of Duffy’s artwork, check out artofwords.com and follow him on Twitter @RealArtOfWords.
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By Harrison Brown