This is a pencil drawing of George Stinney, a 14 year-old boy who was executed in 1944. He was convicted in a trail that lasted only two hours and ended up being the youngest person executed in the United States. There was no physical evidence in the case and his parents were not present when he confessed to the murder. I'm not going to go into the case because I could write a book on it, but after I had seen his mug shot photo; a 14 year-old boy in a tattered prison uniform, with a look of sadness in his dark eyes, I was compelled to draw a picture that would illustrate a vision of his sadness. The Latin inscriptions are loosely translated to mean; Unfinished Portrait, Unfinished Life. This drawing won 1st place in the Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Denver.
This photo was taken in the summer of 2014 when we took a trip to Ireland. We traveled to the Ring of Kerry, a 179-km long circular route in south-western Ireland. We initially went with a tourist bus but we returned on our own in a rent-a-car so I could take my time soaking in the scenery. I actually did a lot to this photo. It's a merging of three photos, and was in color. After I merged the photos, I felt it would be better in black & white because of the clouds and to bring out a dramatic contrast in the rugged terrain. After the changes, I printed and framed the photo, but I did not like the way it looked. There was something about it that was missing. I took the digital file to a local photographer, who had a much better grade of paper than the type I used and a professional photo printer. She also used Photoshop to touch up a couple of areas. It was re-printed and framed and it was a great improvement. I entered the photo in the Annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Denver. It won first place in the Black & White Photography category and it placed second in the national competition. Funny, everytime I look at the photo I see a few things I would change; for example, I would have cut the building out on the right. If you like to see more photos, click HERE.