In his "Cheesecake" series, local painter Paul Richmond captures famous people with their pants down - literally. This weekend, he'll show his funny and fantastic pin-ups in Chicago during his first solo show outside Columbus.

In his "Cheesecake" series, local painter Paul Richmond captures famous people with their pants down - literally. This weekend, he'll show his funny and fantastic pin-ups in Chicago during his first solo show outside Columbus.

Painting is something I've done all my life. When I was three and a half, all I did was sit at the table every day and just draw. Neither of my parents have any artistic background, but they were very supportive.

My parents knew they needed to do something. They found a local artist named Linda Regula who they convinced somehow to take me on as her private student. I went to her house once a week for art lessons. It was the greatest thing that they could've done.

She really encouraged me to not give up on my creativity - and to take it seriously. She told me to not think of my art as a backup plan, but to really just go for it. She told me not to be afraid to have big crazy dreams.

Dolly Parton is No. 1. I got to met her when I was 12. I made a drawing, and my whole family took their vacation to Dollywood to deliver it. She did not disappoint. She was very sweet.

I love old pin-up art - really campy pin-up art from the '50s. With the "Cheesecake" series, I thought it'd be fun to take men and put them in those accidental, wacky scenarios like the girls who got their skirts caught on nails or blowing up in the wind.

When th e show in Chicago came up, I went with all gay male celebrities. Perez Hilton, Jesse Archer, Alec Mapa - I tried to get a whole range of people. They all sent me photos of themselves. We kind of collaborated to come up with their scenarios.

People seem to enjoy them. They're obviously meant to be funny, so it's not something where I'm hoping people will have deep, intellectual conversations. It kind of plays with ideas of gender and sexuality, but mostly I just want it to be fun.

My favorite thing about Columbus is that I feel like there is a great art community. I've always felt like there were a lot of people encouraging me.

Three things I can't live without are my partner, Dennis, my artwork and my divas.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com