An old adage advises that if you choose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life. Andres Bella, a former Quinnipiac University tennis player, took that saying to heart by combing two of his life passions: tennis and art.
Bella creates masterpieces using tennis materials, which he collects from tennis clubs, friends, and sports shops. A New York native, he was encouraged by his mother to pick up a racquet and hit the courts. She also provided him with coloring books, which helped him develop his creative sensibility.
His collections includes portraits, shadow boxes and abstracts.
"The idea came to me when I had a bunch of racquets," says Bella in his TenniStory, which you can watch above. "I always wanted to create a portrait on a racquet."
Commissioned by Tennis Channel to do a piece in conjunction with Roland Garros, Bella wanted to make sure the portrait captured the essence of the clay-court major.
"I really wanted to incorporate the look of clay and the colors of Roland Garros," he says. "Which is little bit of the green and put a lot of the orange."