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Mixed media on paper

When I moved to New York City in the early 1980's, I took an interest in the
public memorials found in the city parks. I had recently seen the new Viet Nam memorial by Maya Lin in Washington. While in graduate school I lived in Richmond, Virginia I where gained an appreciation for the many monuments to the Confederacy and I found the history attached to the memorials compelling. I studied-up on Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, Attilio Piccirilli, and other sculptors and architects responsible for the work in New York. In the studio, I made a series of watercolor paintings and drawings of the New York sculptures' robust allegorical figures, recasting the somber colors of bronze, limestone and marble to my own calibrations of pigment to match feelings of sorrow, honor, and passion so evident in the monuments.