Initially, I painted Lamentation to express my reaction to the tragedy of September 11th. As I worked, the world situation worsened. I realized my subject, Lamentation, was not restricted to this one horrific event, but was universal and historical. I needed to make a more global statement against war, hatred, and intolerance.

To this end, I juxtapose portraits in a symbolic way. For example, next to a grief-stricken Palestinian woman, I place an Israeli man in a state of shock; a black woman and a white woman are next to one another, and their gestures of grief are identical; next to a stoic elderly woman is a crying young child.

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Lamentation/Jubilation, oil/wood panels, overall: 42″ x 101″