Morgen Thruston, Fine Portraiture

Morgen Thruston, Fine Portraiture

 

 

 

 

 

In creating my series ‘1st Amendment” I wanted to portray the feelings I get when I hear that the government wants to curtail freedom of speech . I chose young children because I feel they represent us, in our innocence, being restricted by others. They also represent our future if we, the adults, don’t protect them. I used a simple adhesive tape to represent being silenced;  but not permanently. We can easily remove our restrictions but we are afraid. Some of the children are in the act of removing the tape and others are simply frozen. They don’t know what to do. In a way it is like us with political correctness and conservative speech that is unpopular . We can easily remove the politicians who put “tape” on our mouths. We can turn the television channels that make us afraid to speak out.

I chose red and blue for the backgrounds to represent the different party colors. Regardless of which way we lean we all deserve the freedom of religion and to freely speak our minds. No other nation in the world has the same freedoms we enjoy in America. In the backgrounds there are bits of the other color in them. The red has a little blue and the blue a little red, showing that even though we may belong to one party we have values that could belong to another. Together we make a nation of different ideas but always American.

 

Morgen Thruston is a painter of fine art portraits and traditional subjects. Commission inquiries can be directed to his web page: Morgen Thruston Fine Portraiture.

First Amendment I

First Amendment I

2 Comments

  1. Christopher S. Cook

    For the kids, did you use models, photos, or just paint from images in your head?

    • I use photos that I take myself. When I am near completion I get the model out and correct any color problems from life. I come up with the ideas in my head and for this series I didn’t actually put any tape on the kid’s mouths. That part I made up.

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