Influential People

Artist Statement

In my series of presidents I am presenting rather rational than emotional images. The founding fathers of America were adherents of the Enlightenment, the belief that reason would solve humanity’s problems. They fa- vored reason over emotion. in my paintings, I do not want to envision protest, anger or disagreement in a turmoil time of 2016, but let the viewer watch through faces of wise men who, we are proud of, as americans. Those faces are our source, our strength and our calmness.

“The founding fathers were most gifted and creative political leaders in American history, who have much to teach us.” (Joseph J Ellis)

If they would sit around a table and talk about this election, they would be proud of the remarkable survival of their original experiment “democracy.”

With my paintings I would like to express, peace, trust and strength. lets just ride this rollercoaster and don’t get emotionally wound up and fearful about the future. “if you knew how dirty the election of 1800 really was, the contrast between now and then would not be so dramatic.” (Joseph J El- lis)
“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

-George Washington

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.” -Ben- jamin Franklin

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -Abraham Lincoln

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
-John F. Kennedy

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.