Civil issues have exploded this year. From the Covid pandemic, to confrontations over racial issues, to protests, to politics, 2020 has been the year of conflict. These two paintings address two of those concerns.
Say Their Names, oil on canvas, 36"x48"
These 13 men, women, and children were all unarmed and all killed by police or vigilantes. Racial injustice has been a feature in American life since the first slaves were imported. While progress towards equality has been made, these people show it still has a long way to go. Remember George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, Rekia Boyd, Sean Reed, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Yvette Smith, Dontre Hamilton, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and Tamir Rice. Make their deaths mean something.
Say Their Names was exhibited in the Faculty Biennial at Mars Hill University in September, 2020.
Portland 2020, oil on canvas, 45"x45"
The federal government responded with federal troops to protests in Portland, Washington, and other places. Policing is best left to police. America should never use soldiers against its own people. When a federal agent in Portland attacked a Navy vet for no reason, that was too much for me. Like racial injustice, this must stop.
Portland 2020 will be exhibited in the Process exhibition at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina, from October 2-29, 2020.
Live Wedding and Event Painting
If you're looking for a unique feature at your wedding, reception, birthday, corporate celebration, or other special event, consider having Skip creates a painting of it, live, as it happens. Guests can watch the painting develop during the course of the event. Afterward, Skip will take it back to the studio to bring it up to his high standards of finish. When delivered, you'll have a high-quality painting that will be a family heirloom for generations. For more information, visit the Asheville Event Paintings site.
NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Skip is unable to accept any commissions for the rest of 2020. Many of his clients have rescheduled for next year, and as a result, his 2020 calendar is full until July.
"Local HeARTed" Podcast Interview
Skip was interviewed by Meredith Adler for the Local HeARTed podcast. This podcast is a collection of interviews with artists and others in the art world who are based in western North Carolina, especially Asheville. Skip's interview is rather lengthy at 1 hr 20 minutes, but it covers a lot of subjects and provides a lot of insight into what he does and why he does it. Click on the "Podcast Interview" above and it will take you to the site.
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