Washington D.C. Commission

Thoughts behind the Washington D. C. Commission.


Recently completed commissioned painting, a view of Washington D. C. from the George Washington Memorial Parkway. This is an American painting with an American story with some powerfully charged images and significance. There is a stormy sunrise, however I wanted the painting to be hopeful so there is a clearing and sun shining. While working on the studies there was a funeral at Arlington cemetery, I could hear the 21-gun salute and many helicopters flying overhead while the Capitol building had to be evacuated because of a bomb threat. Police violence against African Americans constantly was constantly in the news and the Supreme Court was  passing down its decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Also during the process of the painting, one of my sons traveled 211 miles through the wilderness on the John Muir trail while another son joined in an action to protest Arctic drilling and my third son bought a Jeep that only gets 18-21 miles to the gallon. There is a storm cloud over the Capitol, as well as scaffolding. A golden light shines on the Lincoln memorial to signify our country’s ideals that give us hope and the direction for a better way. The light is gleaming off the Kennedy building as a bright note because it is the center of arts and culture for our nation.