The Silent Sentinels
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THE SILENT SENTINELS|
Giclee reproduction on canvas * Original available...
From original oil on canvas
Image size 24” x 24”
$320.00 signed and numbered
A few thoughts about this painting — in recognition of the first
of the events of September 11, 2001.
THE SILENT SENTINELS is an allegorical work of symbolism and meanings that
reflect on the emotions brought on by the tragedies of that day. A massive,
senseless, demonstration of mans inhumanity on his own kind. An absolute
lack of understanding of the very purpose for our being here in the first
place. It seems that growth for some is a tortuous, slow process, no matter
how inevitable it is.
The primary focus of my painting is the child and the impact on that
treasured innocence. What a difficult experience it was for us as parents ,
calming the terror in the mind of the child, when our own eyes were wet
from sorrow, disbelief, anger and our own fears.
This painting is about America. About the new alertness, and constant
vigilance we must live with as we celebrate now, more than ever, the love of
country and peace we have long taken for granted — as our natural
state of being.
In the painting the child is depicted in the comforting fetal position ,
securely grounded with hand on her friend and companion, her SILENT
SENTINEL. Denver, our Golden Retriever , sensing that something is not as it
should be is magnificently poised to assume his responsibility. Ms.Bear
is also ever observant and overcome by emotions, as noted by the moisture
below her eyes. A very sad SILENT SENTINEL providing a comforting
secure lap pillow for this much resisted, impromptu nap.
The little red wagon seems an appropriate focal point for this scenario
as it is the constant outdoor companion , playing out it's roll in
the unlimited imagination of the child. Note that our young subject has found
Dad's good old duct tape to help creatively display her flag on the
handle above her head.
Framing the scene and emphasizing the fact that the flag is still there
are the symbolic shadows of the Twin Towers. Boldly and proudly thrusting
itself up through the shadows and concrete blocks is the Petunia plant a
statement of hope, strength, and will to persevere, in spite of the
conditions that prevail. ( This idea was a gift to me as I observe this
flower daily outside my d'Art Center Studio window....... including the
I appreciate you taking the time to read about my painting , I am proud to
have you view my attempt at expressing my thoughts. Every one of us has
within our own painting depicting 911, and every one is expressed entirely,
uniquely our own way. For me quite naturally, it is about the
Granddaughters ,Victoria and Olivia, so abruptly yanked into this new world
reality, and at such a wonderfully naive and innocent young age. It is they
who will be the next generation setting the course for the future of
America, and indeed the planet with all her creatures .
I know in my heart they will get it right — but what a legacy
for us to impart.