Recent tragedies have me thinking about those halcyon days when bad men killed other bad men. In The Public Enemy, James Cagney’s character takes matters into his own hands, and pays for it in the end as a parcel on his mother’s doorstep. Like him, Salvatore Lucania was not so lucky in the end.
This is one John Powell, sheep killer from the New Zealand Police Museum site.
From an 1897 photograph of a criminal named Isma Martin from the Library of Congress site, another image of a lone animal, two photographs of my father as a child, and various images of starving, sick children, I cobbled together, and completed a family portrait.
I believe I am almost finished with the “Wrestlers” painting but want to add some more careful linear elements to define the figures. The painting I am working on now is “Family Portrait” which combines images of my father as a child with images taken from Library of Congress photographs of other sentient beings worthy of compassion. I am beginning to blend both of my styles, the more realistic with the expressive, in one work. So far, I am happy with the results.