This piece was well received by friends and was turned into a poster so that all can have a copy of Elements of Hope. Later the piece was featured on CNN's Larry King Live.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Elements of Hope: Barack Obama
After Obama was elected I was moved and wanted to include his image in the Element series. I began by surfing the web for an image I wanted to work with, an image that looks most like him and one that the public is most familiar with. Even if his head was painted as a silhouette, I wanted to find a photo that was unmistakably him. After finding the photo I already had an Element (sky and water) that was not really working and one that I had done a year ago. I began a free hand drawing over this painted sky and water background. I got the eyes and ears right I continued with the face. I was working on a sheet of plywood of 2x2 feet. I knew I wanted to capture the moment, mood and the feeling of the people. I began a literal process of cutting out images from the newspapers that captured these expressions of the common person. I also wanted to include text that spoke of the main issue of the moment, an issue that was never really discussed by him on the campaign trail, RACE. I wanted to include some stats, some celebs, his family, lots of people with flags that would create his portrait. In detail, his top lip is a crowd of people from at night he accepted the position. His lower lip the flag, and in his eyes, his daughters.