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Monthly Archives: November 2012

First profile

I have been painting the fighters’ portraits for awhile, but this is my first attempt at a profile portrait. I was afraid that without seeing both eyes, the faces would be less compelling, but I am not sure that is the case. In fact, I moved to the profile view because I feared the images were becoming too sentimental. Here is San Francisco area fighter A885, in profile.


Any man, USA

This painting is of a man who looks like anyone I may come across in the course of a day. I wish it were possible to know the physiognomy of evil, but despite that pseudoscience’s best efforts, no such characteristics have been defined with any accuracy. This portrait is from a photograph I came across while searching the stacks at my local public library. The book it was found in is Hooded Americanism; the first century of the Ku Klux Klan, 1865-1965 by David Mark Chalmers, 1st edition, published by Doubleday in 1965. One can read more about Hiram Wesley Evans at the Texas State Historical Association site.