This work is 41.5x31.5 and is an oil painting. Of it Mark says "Get into good trouble.” Once in a while a giant of courage will stand out and John Lewis stands with the exceptionally courageous.
In our lifetime we have been fortunate to have men and women of greatness come to the fore to combat “the wrong” in our society. John faced and fought with all his might for all our sakes. For our civil rights and our future.
This portrait represents some of the many facets, goals, challenges, points of view and complexities that made up the man. His aim was to make us up whole. I chose a color puzzle to make him up whole.
Through this portrait I spent many hours with Mr Lewis as if he was watching over my shoulder. Is what I am doing working? Are the decisions right? What needs changing? Am I getting into good trouble? Does it work?
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS 02/21/1940-07/17/2020
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”