Description this is a simple representation of the famous 'Bixby' letter which was read aloud with such tear-inducing solemnity in the movie 'Saving private Ryan'. I was delighted to discover that the letter actually exists, and was actually sent, although there are caveats: first, as the original no longer exists, what is in circulation is this facsimile, and historians debate endlessly about whether it is a forgery or is actually the authentic handwriting of president Lincoln. Second, some evidence suggests that the original was composed by a Mr. Hays, Lincoln's personal secretary. Third, history confirms that only two of Mrs. Bixby's sons were killed in the war. Controversy aside, all agree that it is a heartrending and compelling masterpiece of prose. I simply textured it slightly and added a photo-sketch of the wonderful sculpture by Daniel French from the monument in Washington. An interesting aspect of the sculpture that i wanted to include is that lincoln's left hand makes a sign language 'A', and his right makes an 'L', though it is not known if that is simply a coincidence…
R Christopher Vest, Dolores, Colorado Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Chris Vest is a self-taught artist with a 25 year background in pen and ink drawing, oil painting, scratch board, photography and screen printing. In the 1990s he embraced the computer revolution and developed a way to merge painting and photography in the digital medium. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz's "Photo-Secessionist" movement, the photographic image is transformed by intense painterly manipulation to create textures and effects that attempt to bridge the unique properties of photography and painting, a process he has dubbed the "painted photo montage".
Chris professionally divides his time between fine art, graphic design, and natural history illustration. He contributed birding vistas to a book published in 2010 by the American Bird Conservancy called 'Bird Conservation'.
After years of wandering, traveling and living in Alaska, Switzerland, Israel, Wyoming, Virginia and Kansas, Chris now lives with his partner Cathy and 25 companion animals on a six acre farm near Dolores, Colorado. Together they are restoring the land, formerly badly overgrazed by cattle. In addition, they operate a small animal shelter, rescuing and fostering animals from across the four corners area. All profits help this animal rescue effort.
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