After 9/11, I drew a series of pieces that would be created as time marched on. My red, white and blue heart art piece “Not Forgotten” wasn’t painted until June of 2011, and November 11, 2013, I released it to the World, in Honor of our Veterans and to inspire the HOME of the BRAVE, with a deeper meaning behind “Land of the FREE”. With each paint stroke, I filled the canvas with good old fashioned American Pride, togetherness, community-hood and down home, countrified brotherly love, to inspire a better life for all. Notice the 9 stars & 11 stripes. Land of the FREE: The blue star represents you. We are the only ones that can create our Land of the Free. So don’t stop believing in our country, and contribute to the betterment of your own town, city, and community. Whether you live in Arkansas, or Alabama, New Mexico or New York, San Francisco or Hawaii, we are all in this together. We make the World we live in.
Traveling across the USA, from San Francisco to North Carolina, I am constantly reminded of how amazing, kind-hearted & downright friendly people are. One for one, from Arkansas to Amarillo, the places we have visited and the people we’ve met have inspired me in ways I have yet to realize.
With lush lands of beauty, from the blue skies of Asheville to the open fields in Oklahoma, each town is filled with people like you and me, with their own unique style of talking, walking, dressing, dreaming, hoping, struggling, living with, living without…
And despite any trials in life, this middle America is sprinkled with the pleasant sound of “Yes mam” and the warm hearted intentions of “Ya’ll come back now”. With a church on almost every corner, the trip was more than enlightening.
Perhaps this is why this piece is an honor to not only Veterans that have lived and died for the fight of freedom, but subliminally tied into 9/11, as I feel that neither should be forgotten!
I do believe that we are in this together, and that something can always be done about any situation in life. And more importantly, when we step outside of ourselves to give help, support and brotherly love to another, being true to our country, our nation, we make the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave possible.