I’ve been listening to Radio 4’s excellent series America Rewritten in which Robert McCrum talks to six American writers about how they will make the transition from Obama to Trump.
The over arching theme is one both of the horror of the situation and recognising that Trumps inauguration needs to be a wake up call.
My hope is that his election marks the bottom of a curve that galvanises radical change in America and around the world. It’s a time to focus on the positives; on kindness, community and environmental protection. Finding a platform for hope and positive action.
“The future will be as good as we make it… a huge burden has fallen on us”
Marilynne Robinson (R4 America Rewritten)
From the point of view of making art, something interesting happened in the process of making this portrait. I haven’t been painting like this for very long, it was an experiment that started with some self portraits for a Sketchbook Skool assignment. I stopped trying to make a likeness and just worked quite roughly at first, looking at tones and attempting to stay faithful to the shapes in front of me. It’s not until the piece is finished that I’m able to see if it has captured anything of the persons character. This is still a slightly precarious process for me that can results in epic fails, but I’m pleased with the result here. I feel it has captured something of Trumps imperious self importance but also how incredibly sad he looks. His mean spirited world views are etched on his face.