58” x 44”
French Oil on Belgian Linen
A REPRODUCTION OF ‘LIBERTY' IS EXHIBITED AT HILLSDALE COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN
AND AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW IN NAPLES, FLORIDA
I paint from the heart and of the moment.
So at this pivotal moment in our country’s history, I chose my passion for our Flag to make a statement
that I feel is paramount … a reminder of our God given liberty.
Strong, powerful, and muscular, my Flag struggles to unfurl under the impending and darkening weight
of tyranny. I’ve translated it’s emotional colors in a style that represents my concern
for it’s tortured white of freedom, it’s blood red of sacrifice and it’s rich blue of promise.
The overlying quotes are intentionally rendered in a distressed font that I feel portrays the struggle to maintain
a clear focus on the importance of our liberty. Of these quotes, I have given one the seat of importance and light
in my painting because it embodies the soul of my country and the spirit with which I painted this canvas.
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains
and slavery? Forbid it almighty God! I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Patrick Henry, 1775