The Emblem of Strength painting was started one day after 9/11. The artist's daughter, Alyssa, was working only a few blocks away from the twin towers when they attacked. She survived but the time that it took until he heard from her was like eternity. The artist knew that he had to do something to make this tragedy into something more positive. So, he contacted the Salvation Army and offered his services as an artist to them. After meeting with a few times, the Salvation Army accepted his offer. The artist was invited by the Salvation Army of New York City to visit Ground Zero in 2001 and was shocked when he saw firsthand saw all the devastation of the twin towers and surrounding buildings. At Ground Zero, he was invited to have lunch under this huge canopy and shared a table with police, fire, and EMS personnel. As they ate, and the food and variety was tremendous, he saw the tireness and turmoil in their faces. Those moments will live with the artist forever. One of the fire companies even mailed him a photograph of them standing in front of their station. They were the true heroes! The artist personally has presented this print to several dignataries including Pennsylvania Governor's E. Rendell and M. Schweiker and New York Mayor R. Guiliani. In turn, Mayor Guiliani presented the artist with an autographed book that he wrote titled "Leadership." That day in York, Pennsylvania, Mayor had 16 body guards with him. Click Credits. Over $16,000 from the sale of this print was contributed to the Salvation Army of Lancaster which helped purchase a canteen. This print has helped raise funds for Salvation Army's, "Coats for Kids" campaign. WGAL sponsored the campaign and the print sold for $1,000.00 more than once! The print has also raised funds for the Lancaster County Detachment of the Marine Corps League, "Toys for Tots" campaign at Glatfellter's Field in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Click Fundraisers. In 2008, the Harrisburg Magazine featured this print in an article, Columbia Artist Creates and Restores. The artist took about two hundred photographs of Battery Park and the skyline before painting this scene. Most of the photographs were taken from New Jersey and Ellis Island. Some were taken on the boat trip over to the island. A few of the boat personnel told the artist that they saw the planes flying overhead and crash into the twin towers. Other photographs of the twin towers , before they were attacked, were used to complete the painting. Take note to the many details in this painting. The artist painstakingly painted each and every building in his view. The exact number of stories and the exact number of windows are depicted as well as the large mural hanging on one of the buildings. And, the American Flag is exactly depicted and holds the composition together as it does the country. The flag alone with its 50 stars and stripes took the artist about 20 hours to paint. Overall, the painting took about 250 hours to complete! The detail in the painting is just magnificent! The artist proof edition was retired shortly after its release. This print is available as a limited edition, open edition, and as a collectible.
ORIGINAL FOR SALE - $33,000.00 - Watercolor On Paper
Size - 13-1/2" x 19-1/2" - Signed and Dated 2001
950 Signed & # Prints (S/N) 95 Artist Proof Prints (A/P)
Print Size 13-7/8" x 19-7/8" Print Size 13-7/8" x 19-7/8"
#1 Print - $400.00 * #1 A/P - $500.00 SOLD
#2 Print - $300.00 *#2 A/P - $400.00 SOLD
#3 Print - $200.00 SOLD * #3 A/P - $300.00 SOLD
#4 S/N - #950 - $100.00 each * #4 A/P - #95 - $150.00 each
*A/P Edition Retired; Prints Sold On The Secondary Market
$175.00 to have the artist remarque your print!
Open Edition Prints
7-1/2" x 11" $20.00 each
3-3/4" x 5-1/2" $10.00 each
Matting and framing available upon your request!