Nearly two years in the making, AMERICAN ICON is a monumental painting in homage to the country that is the United States of America. With today's crazy world of politics, with so many questioning the greatness of this country, I thought the time was ripe to unveil a vision of what America means, not only to me, but to so many of you who have seen the rise of many of the iconic symbols that are identifiable strictly as American.
America is not only a leader on the geopolitical arena, but in its culture, technology, inventiveness and its inner and outer struggle to be a model of democracy. There is no "perfect" nation in this world. But America, comes close. VERY CLOSE! This is a nation that gave the world the Bill of Rights, and a constitution "of the people and for the people." It is a nation that was built on the dreams and aspirations of people from all over the world. Dr. Martin Luther King's famous words, "I have a dream..." was not only speaking to the African Americans in this country, he was speaking to every human being in existence, that dream we all have, of freedom and justice for all. If you ask me what is the greatest country in this world? I can tell you in five words. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
It's easy for me to say this, because I was not born here. I was born in another country that has its own demons to conquer. (And that's another story!) A beautiful country that is surrounded by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, the Aegean and the Black Seas.
But for now, I want to talk about the history of this country as it pertains to the innovators, the support it gives to people who have ideas, great or small, and the ability of an individual to rise above their station and transcend to any height they dare to dream. Only in America is this possible. Yes, we may all be exhausted from the nastiness of this presidential election. We may be searching our souls to find a reason for all of the division that is happening in this great land of liberty. But to be honest with you, I think this is what makes this country so great. It still is the land of liberty, the fact that we can all agree to disagree and still be friends. Yes, really, we can be friends! I came from a family that taught me to respect everyone's opinions, everyone's religion, everyone's color and everyone cultural habits. And so, here I am, trying to show everything I can think of about this country that gave it the title "Greatest Country In The World." In pictures....
Mouse to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne; The Wright Brothers to Pan Am (the first airline I ever flew on); Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Google; Babe Ruth to Hank Aaron; the Native Americans who were here before us; Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater" to the Skyscrapers of today; Explorer I to the First Man on the Moon; Immigrants to the Conestoga Wagons that defined the pioneer spirit; Mark Twain to the Model T to the Mustang, the Pink Cadillac, the 1953 Corvette and Elvis.....These are all AMERICAN ICONS.