My original reason for painting Lincoln was to use his visage as a metaphor for the changes wrought on an agricultural landscape by the consequences of of an industrial post-Civil War society.

However, as I researched this complex man, I became engaged in the “landscape” of Lincoln’s character over time. Learning more of both his private and public personae, it became clear that such a complicated figure could not be captured in a single image. I arrived at six “Lincolns”, each being both temporal and emotive, charting his character through a turbulent time.

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