El CAJON, Calif. - Gene Locklear played Major League Baseball for 10 years, playing for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees. When he needed additional income, he put the bat down and picked up a paint brush.
"I was more enthused with baseball because I have to be honest that was my first love," said Locklear. "But back in my day, when everyone retired they had something else they had to go into to survive and take care of their families. We just didn't make enough money to retire and do other things like the guys do today."
Locklear's painting subjects often include Native American and Western figures, however, the El Cajon resident has produced a variety of sports-themed artwork highlighting San Diego legends such as Tony Gywnn and Phil Mickelson.
Locklear's latest sports piece highlights Bill Walton. It will be on display at Sycuan Casino during the NBA finals.
Copies of the original painting were printed to be signed and handed out to those in attendance.