DescriptionThe United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America, Independence Day, is celebrated on July 4th, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress. WikipediaFor more information on the U.S. Declaration of Independence visit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_IndependenceFor a transcript of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and the names of the signers, go to the National Archives and Records Administration at: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.htmlThis image is of John Trumbull's (17561843) painting, 'Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776', 1819, depicting the five-man committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson (presenting the document), and Benjamin Franklin, standing before John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress and presenting their work to the Congress in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The painting can be found on the back of the U.S. $2 bill. The original hangs in the US Capitol Rotunda. It was commissioned in 1817, purchased 1819, and placed in the Rotunda in 1826. The painting includes portraits of 42 of the 56 signers and 5 other patriots. The artist sketched the individuals and the room from life.This image was obtained from Wikimedia Commons at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Declaration_independence.jpg and is in the public domain for reasons explained there.
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement After 27 years as an engineer and computer support specialist I’ve retired to do some fun stuff. I work in a trophy and awards shop, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving in Garden City Michigan (greatlakestrophies.com), building and assembling recognition awards, which are really a kind of art. I am also pursuing a number of personal art projects that give me great satisfaction.
I do carvings in stone, known as petroglyphs, using hand-held power tools. If you are interested in me doing a piece for you, contact me at email@example.com.
I also use graphics software to produce images for the posters and framed prints you can see in my galleries here at Imagekind, www.rmeslinger.imagekind.com/.
I also enjoy working in my yard, barbequing and smoking great food. I live in Farmington Hills Michigan with my wife, Karen, and father-in-law, Bill.