Friday, September 9, 2011
Remembering 9-11 Ten Years Later
Ten years ago I was in Washington, D.C. on the morning of 9-11-2001. I was attending an annual meeting of a private equity fund that OBWC had invested. I was sitting in a large conference room in the basement of the Ritz Carlton Hotel when two screens came on showing the first of the World Trader Center Towers that was hit. I sat there and watched as the second plane crashed into the second tower. Within a few minutes the screens showed the local news coverage of the plane that hit the Pentagon just a few miles away from the hotel. That single day changed everything in the United States when it came to how secure we felt in our own country.
The above 2 paintings are to be viewed as a single painting, a vertical diptych. The 2 paintings just came to me as I just sat down one morning and painted these 2 pieces earlier this week. I read an article in the Sunday New York Times about the architect of the 9-11 Memorial and I was inspired by the simplicity of his sketch that was included with the article. At some point, I will have these 2 pieces framed together to express my remembrance of that morning that changed our country, September 11, 2001.
Remembering 9-11: A Tribute, acrylics on paper envelopes, 9-2011.