Baltimore gave a taste of things to come. At Firehouse Expo, people reached out to the paintings: pointing, touching, or putting their palms on the glass in blessing. They came alone, as families, in groups of friends. All day long cell phones were put up to the paintings, framing firefighters on their screens.
I would ask: “Did you know people on this wall?” and the answers came back: “I knew 43… Twenty… 7… my son’s coach’s son… my neighbor… our son… my father… 240…”
With millions I mourned the loss and felt the wound, but I never knew anyone who died that day, and I never met anyone on this wall. I was introduced to these men as I painted them. I met their spirit and not their tragedy. To those who knew them, these paintings are offered in their honor.
SOON I will have PICTURES to share from Baltimore.
SOON I can post when and where Better Angels will appear in MANHATTAN in SEPTEMBER!!!!!