Sep 2010

Steadfast


Steadfast 18”x24” acrylic on gessoed hardbord.

The painting above, Steadfast, originated with an idea I’ve been kicking around about depicting determination and pride in the face of overwhelming odds. The concept seems especially appropriate at the moment given the number of individuals marginalized by the world’s economic downturn. Originally, I played around with some ideas and wound up sketching what I imagined a Dust Bowl era farmer might look like, posted here. While that subject fit the ideals I wanted to show, I decided against any type of period feel. Instead I thought it better to use a subject more contemporary in nature with an almost universal, or timeless look. While the overalls and seed company cap indicate that he might very well be a farmer, I think he has a look that any hard working person could identify with.