Sister Cities

August 19, 2009


  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 30″ approx
  • In a private collection

Lawrence, KS, my hometown, currently has two sister cities; Eutin, Germany, and Hiratsuka, Japan. “Sisters” was commissioned for a fundraiser held by the organization that supports the program. The painting is a still life of symbols of  the three cities. Behind the still life is the Kansas River’s Bowersock Dam and the grain elevator in North Lawrence. Stan Herd‘s rock mural is the table’s centerpiece . The tablecloth is the earth as seen from space. A right to left sweep of the sky shows night’s shadow following the light of day from east to west.  The moon is a uniting symbol because all of us see it no matter where we’re standing on our planet. Because the fundraising event was held at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, I chose Native American symbols to represent the US. Besides  corn on the cob and popcorn, sushi for Japan and pretzels for Germany, there is beer, which sits on coasters representing some aspect of each culture, i.e. for the USA there is the 20 friends basket weaving pattern found in the Southwest US.

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