Our hobby is all about making dreams come true. There are those among us who can actually dream the dream and then make it come true on paper, canvas, or sandpaper, yes sandpaper. For the rest of us this is well outside our boundaries, but for the precious few in our rodding world, they're the artists-those among us who can actually express their dreams to a canvas for the rest of us to admire and realize, "that's how I want my car to look!"

This month we take a look at Dav3 Kurz out of Englewood, Colorado, who has been around for 12-plus years. Dav3, with the backward "3," picked up his trademark as a young kid who signed his youthful artwork "Dave3" with no last name. Today Dav3 uses his last name, Kurz, on his work.

We have followed Dav3 for some time, and now "Giff's Place" is finished. The original painting was first shown at the 2005 Meadow Brook Concours last August. Signed and numbered limited-edition prints measuring 15x24 inches are available.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves; let's get on with the interview.

SR: What do you do your initial composition drawings with?

DK: I use an HB (grade) charcoal pencil to do a relatively "loose" sketch on my sandpaper surface. This initial sketch usually takes four to six hours depending on the complexity of the piece.

SR: Do you always draw real places?

DK: The simple answer is yes; I try to include lots of highly accurate detail in the central subject of my paintings while retaining a softer more impressionistic look to the backgrounds. This causes my paintings to fall loosely into the category of photo-realism and there is an old saying in photo-realism that I've always tried to keep in mind: "The more you make up, the more made up it looks."

SR: How did you find the location for "Griff's Place"?

DK: In the case of this particular truck, I had the photos in my file for over a year when I ran into owners Wayne and Robin Griffin at another show. When they asked me if I was ever going to do anything with the photos of their truck, I told them that I had not come up with a suitable background scene. Robin piped up nd said, "Well, we have a good background right at our house!"

SR: What about people in your paintings?

DK: I like to think of the car as just one of the "characters" in the painting, so whenever possible, I try to include people in my paintings. With that in mind, I recruited Wayne and Robin as models for this painting. On the morning of our shoot, I photographed the cars in numerous arrangements and then placed the two of them, moving them around as well.