"Heroes Across Time" 20 x2 4 oil on canvas by Juliane Porter
I'm thrilled to present my latest oil painting, "Heroes Across Time", which brings to life the wonderful and fantastical question: If you could invite anyone from throughout time and history to surround you in a gathering of your choice, whom would you choose?! It's a tough one to narrow down - we all have so very many heroes with SO many outstanding people from which to choose from any place around the world and the very beginning of time. My very special client, chose eight fabulous individuals indeed, to surround him in a mysterious, blustery outdoor scene, suitable for such a magical gathering, near the water which he also loves.
Clockwise from top left: George Washington (on horse), Themistocles, my beloved client himself at center, Leonardo da Vinci, Nathanial Greene, Alexander the Great (on horse) and continuing clockwise in the front row seated right to left: Nikola Tesla, Thomas Sowell and Benjamin Franklin.
This piece began as a monumental challenge including lots of fun research on all the individuals during which I learned a ton about each great hero and their impact on history. One aspect I found amusing were the millennia of clothing styles, from the breast plate armor and skirt of Alexander the Great, to Themistocles' mohawk-like head gear, shield and full coverage armor. Leonardo da Vinci wore the belted toga and cap of the day, while Nathanial Greene's cape, hat and sword were somewhat similar to George Washington's riding gear. Ben Franklin had those fab buckled shoes, stockings and long jacket, and Nikola Tesla was quite the stylish European at the turn of the century. Thomas Sowell, being the most modern, tends to wear neutral colored suits. And, my "client" is casually comfortable, owning the scene of such incredible company!
It is said that to surround oneself with images of one's heroes serves to draw their great energy to oneself. It's why all religions & spiritual traditions around the world incorporate prayer cards, statues, altars and shrines, sing songs to great saints and gods etc.. Surrounding oneself with such heroes in a painting must have a similar affect!
Whom would you include in your portrait of your favorite heroes from around the globe and throughout time? What setting would you envision being gathered? Let me know and I'll bring it to life for you in oil paint!
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