Several antique photographs were sources for Raised With Walls - Bad Education. I identify with boys of an era. I feel their desire to please. They are not yet formed but are boys molded within a field of red blood. They are caught in an endless chain of mis-education, taught to be soldiers: a rock throwing youngster of the Palestinian Intifada, Japanese boys of the early twentieth century marching in military formation, an Israeli child holding a lethal knife and an American boy proud to pose at attention. It is bad education when young boys are taught to fill boots they are too young to understand.
This painting was included in the Third Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (BMRE), University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) Arts Program Gallery, Adelphi, MD