This couldn’t have been a more appropriate day to receive news that my painting “Twin Towers” has found a home. Following the events that took place on Sept. 11th, 2001, I decided to do a painting that would convey my feelings. This was one of the most difficult paintings I ever had to do. Not on the technical aspect of it…more the emotional part. It actually took a few years to complete since I had to stop and put it in the corner a few times. If you look closely you will see the names of every firefighter and police officer that died on Sept. 11th, while trying to save others. Each name had to be hand painted three times. Each time I would apply a thin wash over the names pushing them deeper into the smoke, so as to slightly hide them. You have to look but their names are all there…343 FDNY, 37 PAPD, and 23 NYPD. It sometimes feels as if I knew them.
This painting has been in my personal collection but I always felt it needed a special home. After watching a documentary on the USS New York LPD 21 I knew where it belonged. After a little research and some help from some Navy friends, I was able to bring it to the attention of Captain C.W. Brunett, the Commanding Officer of the USS New York. Capt. Brunett along with help from Admiral James Shannon put it on the fast track for approval.
I’m proud to say today it is now official, “Twin Towers” has found a new home onboard the USS New York, and will be ready to sail with ship and crew into harms way to protect our freedoms and way of life.