Abraham Lincoln is one of the most compelling and beloved figures in American history. Born on February 12, 1809 in a small one room log cabin in Kentucky, his early years were spent on a small family farm in Indiana where he plowed its fields while reading books. Lincoln had a strong desire and openness to learn about the world around him and what lay beyond. Splitting rails, building cabins and flatboats, young Abe was also a gifted storyteller who enjoyed studying human nature. His humor and quickness of mind would help him throughout his life. He would become a poet of words, a master of language and the sixteenth President of the United States.
As a portrait artist, I have been fascinated with the image and life of Abraham Lincoln since my early childhood. When I saw the elementary school classroom photograph (next to that fleshy pink portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart) the contrasting black and white image of Lincoln was so intense that it captured my imagination and sent it wandering into places almost too mysterious for childhood dreaming.
To our great fortune, Lincoln was the first American president to be extensively photographed. The beautiful daguerreotypes taken by Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady, and also Alexander Gardner, are powerful, historic and printed upon our American collective conscience.
Lincolns Road is my very personal exploration and expression, an artists tribute, to the life of Abraham Lincoln. Through the use of portraiture, collage abstraction, and photo montage, I embellish and stylize Lincoln, his families, friends, and adversaries, with the desire to embrace this period of American history.
Great poets have written beautiful poems about Lincoln. Hundred of scholars have written wonderful books and delved into every facet of his life. Orators have reverberated his great words and insightful speeches. The Lincoln story is a fascinating journey through a critical point in American history, an experiment in a new type of democracy. His conscience and that of our nation would meet on the capitol steps. It was Lincolns road.