"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - JFK
I have embarked on painting profound personalities. Painting John F. Kennedy requires a multi-faceted process to reflect the power of his life and how it touched ours. Based on this, I am working on a portrait series that incorporates a mixture of traditional and innovative/experimental styles and mediums. The “Peg Board” Portrait
It seems practical that Political Art should be placed on the peg board of history. Hence, I hook up history on a place that punches bullet holes bravely into an “artistic broadcast” to track trails toward truth. After pondering powerful political paradigms and paradoxes into a lot of creative contemplation, I have pragmatically plotted a process into the "peg board portrait“series. "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." -John F. Kennedy
In 1957, JFK won a Pulitzer Prize for his book “Profiles in Courage.” In 2019, I paint two Profiles in Courage: JFK: powerful father, JFK Jr. powerful son. Their example of the “First family” forms a commemorative birthmark in my mind to adopt their strength in adversity into my art to paint more than just icons of that time, but rather "re-present" their timeless sacrifice and symbol of sacrifice being eternal success for all to see this September. Even death does not prevent being born fresh.
Photo credits: John Jr. under desk: Getty images, Portrait reference: ABC news
Change is considered a risk. Choice makes change, so try power tools to poke into finding light; drill down into recycled depths of dust, stir up ashes, inevitably assert the idea all ash is recycled revelation in the ground from once we came. This is learning, and learning is life – a classic classroom. JFK kicked this concept to the core with courageous commentary: “Change is the Law of Life” and “Those who make Peaceful Revolution Impossible will make Violent Revolution Inevitable.”
Think Art: revolutionary, powerful, peaceful expression always to be protected by people…Hence, the artist’s creative communication process: try drilling down through recycled plywood, pull up timeless light of truth in JFK, take his debate out from the depths, stoke his spirit back to stand strong, let liberation light the way to touch a timeless spirit…
Spread paint on “skid” row, sound off JFK speeches as sentimental stimulation, place personal query on quotes, explore space in expression, play with placement of profound words give further meaning and messaging…