Living in New York on September 11th changed my life. From my tiny apartment in the city, I had a view of the World Trade Center Towers through my studio window about a mile away. I would marvel at the immensity of these buildings and the fact that they were built in the 1970s. I had just moved from Los Angeles, so there was nothing even close to that size.


From this window, I could see everything. From the moment of impact on, nothing would be the same. The whole thing seemed surreal and for the first few days following this horrific event, I tried volunteering, giving blood, and even set up an emergency contact website for people in the ground zero zone. After a few days of watching the horror on television, I decided to paint, and give something back.


I was an artist on a mission. I didn't have much money to donate so I created a series of paintings celebrating America and what it stands for while mourning the loss of so many people. The paintings that I punched out were nothing like I've ever done before. Basically, they were Americana with a modern twist.


I began with an even theme of 13 paintings symbolizing the original 13 colonies that formed America in the beginning. Eventually, I would auction all the work and donate the money to charity as a way to give back. Below are those paintings.



Allegiance

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Amber Waves of Grain

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


American Made

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Angel of Mercy

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Ascending Doves

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Empty Beds

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Fall

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Liberty

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Majestic Guardian

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Memorial

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Salt of the Earth

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Unity

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic on canvas

Private Collection



Weeping Giant

24" x 30"

2001, acrylic  on canvas

Private Collection