After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida a collective of artists made portraits of those Senators who had repeatedly chosen to not create reasonable restrictions on gun purchases in the U.S. The Senator Portrait Project involved over 40 artists from across the US. As a Wisconsin artist, I contributed a portrait of Senator Ron Johnson, who, in 2016, had already received over 1.3 million dollars from the NRA.
When the opportunity for exhibition in NYC arose, they asked for a picture of the Speaker of the House. As he hails from Janesville, WI, again, I volunteered. Ryan wears his Catholicism on his sleeve to get his re-elections, yet persistently blocks reasonable regulation of handheld murder machines. He is in a position to act, yet offers thoughts and prayers as he pockets donations from the gun lobby.
Each painting combines digital composition with indictments of each by text-based description of their actions with painting (watercolor for Ron, oil for Ryan) and Ryan’s halo is gilded. 8″ x 10″ images mounted on panel.