gallery: golf's greatest artist: Steven Anthony Salerno ©2010
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Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros of Spain (1957-2011), with 87 wins worldwide, including 5 major championship victories (2 Masters & 3 British Open Championships) was one of the boldest, most charismatic players to have ever graced championship golf. From humble beginnings as a boy in the town of Santander practicing hitting shots along the sandy beaches, to being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1997, Seve is one of the true superstars of the game. He underwent brain tumor surgery in 2009, struggled to recover his health, and died on May 7th, 2011 at age 54. The golfer and the man is admired by millions of fans all around the world for his spectacular golf, as well as his passion for the game and for life. The image was created using red as the dominant color theme, to represent his passion and strength exhibited on and off the course. It was executed using brush and gouache on paper, and added digital enhancements.