You and What Army, Men?
Oil on panel
8 x 10 inches
When I saw the theme of this show, Heroes, Villains, Myths and Legends, I immediately knew what I wanted my piece to consist of. I have had a number of close family members and friends who have courageously served for our country. These men and women selflessly, and fearlessly, put themselves in harm’s way for the good of our country and its people, an act not many are willing to do.
I often find myself painting small toys and knick-knacks and felt that army men would be a perfect subject to best mesh my inspiration and the theme. I have been intrigued by these little green men from the moment I saw them in the animated movie, Toy Story. The figurines in my painting are arranged in a way to show tension. Three men, armed at the ready, are involved in a a standoff with the enemy who teeters on the edge and has nothing to lose. I wanted these figurines, that are often considered to be cheap and disposable, to have a bigger meaning and impact than just that of children's toys.
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City