Mark Sanislo

Portrait Painter

Commission Portrait Painting
Glen Taylor Minnesota Timberwolves Portrait
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 Pastel Portrait Painting
Minneapolis, MN

 Pastel Portrait Painting Minnesota Professional Basketball
Glen Taylor Minnesota Timberwolves Portrait
Left: Katie Smith   Coach  Brian Agler
Center:  Kevin Mchale  Owner Glen Taylor 
Right:  Kevin Garnett
  Coach Flip Saunders

Commission Portrait Painting

Caryl and Larry Abdo


Glen Taylor Pastel Portrat Painting by Mark Sanislo

Glen Taylor  -  Owner  of the Minnesota NBA Timberwovles

On March 23, 1995, Glen Taylor closed the deal that made him majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He added the title of NBA owner to a list that already included international businessman, state senator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive of the year.

Before he even completed his first full year season as owner, Taylor set in motion his plan for making a mark on the Minnesota sports scene. Prior to the completion of the sale of the team from MarvMinnesota Timberwolves Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner, Taylor installed Rob Moor, Roger Griffith and Chris Wright to run the business functions of the franchise, and promoted Minnesota and NBA basketball legend Kevin McHale to develop the team.

With the move of McHale to vice president of basketball and the addition of general manager Jim Stack and head coach Dwane Casey, Taylor has assembled a basketball staff with years of experience in the pro ranks.

Kevin Mchale  Upon his retirement as an NBA player, McHale joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as a television analyst and special assistant. In the summer of 1994, new Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor promoted him to Assistant General Manager. He continued to broadcast Timberwolves games and work as an executive until 1995, when he succeeded Jack McCloskey as Vice President of Basketball Operations, a position he still holds.

On February 12, 2005, the Timberwolves fired head coach Flip Saunders and McHale took over head coaching duties for the remainder of the 2004-2005 season. He compiled a 19-12 record, but had no interest in coaching at the professional level again, instead hiring Dwane Casey in the offseason of 2005.

Kevin Garnett Portrat by Artist Mark SanisloKevin Garnett -  (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is also known by the nickname "KG", "The Big Ticket" or "The Kid". After graduating from Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois, he was drafted in 1995, the first NBA player drafted out of high school in 20 years.

Because of his great athleticism and 6'11" (2.12 m) stature, he is widely considered to be one of the most unique and revolutionary basketball players to currently play the game. The versatile Garnett can at times seemingly play all five positions on the floor, though he has made his mark playing the power forward position. The personal highlight of his successful, though championship free, career thus far has been winning the 2004 NBA MVP Award.

NBA career
Garnett initially came off the bench in his rookie year, but moved into the starting lineup in the middle of the season and ended up leading the Minnesota Timberwolves in blocks. He has since become not only the best player on the Timberwolves, but also one of the best players in the NBA. Garnett was selected to play in every All-Star game after his second season, winning All-Star MVP in 2003.

Katie Smith Pastel Portrait by Mark Sanislo
 Katie Smith     WNBA career  information:  Katie Smith currently plays for the Detroit Shock in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).  In 2005, she became the first American female basketball player to score 5,000 total points in a professional career.  She is the WNBA all time leading scorer.  


From 1999 to 2005 Smith played for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx where her outside shooting was the central focus of the Lynx offense. On July 30, 2005, Smith was traded to the Detroit Shock along with the Lynx's 2006 second round pick to for Chandi Jones, Stacey Thomas and the Shock's 2006 first round draft pick

Brian Agler Pastel Portrait by Mark SanisloCoach 
Brian Agler  is a basketball coach in the WNBA, currently an assistant (2004) with the San Antonio Silver Stars and was the Minnesota Lynx first ever head coach, piloting them to a 48-67 record from 1999-2002.

Prior to his stint in the ABL, Agler spent 15 season coaching among the college ranks, including 13 seasons as a head coach. Agler boasts an impressive collegiate record of 248-135 (648 winning percentage). Most recently, he spent three seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State University (1993-1996).

Flip Saunders Portrait Painting by Mark SanisloCoach Flip Saunders - 
Saunders joined the Minnesota Timberwolves on May 11, 1995 as general manager, working under his former teammate at the University of Minnesota, Kevin McHale.

Between December 18, 1995 to  February 12, 2005 Flip Saunders was head coach of the Timberwolves, replacing Bill Blair. Saunders coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas

Portrait Painter Mark Sanislo
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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