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Liberty as a Human Rights Icon

…Liberty has the potential to become a universal as well as national icon; for individual Liberty is, at its core, a human right.

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Patriotic Symbolism in the Arts

On this Memorial Day holiday, I am drawn to consider all of the lives lost over the generations of American history, in the pursuit of freedom; at home and abroad. I wonder what it is about contemporary American culture that makes the simple concept of Liberty, something everyone should relate to in a positive way […]

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Kathy Graybill Interview: Painted Antiques and Reproduction Furniture and Folk Art

I have a friend who owns an antique shop on mainstreet in my town. I first saw Kathy’s work there, and was instantly impressed by its quality and beauty. Kathy makes antique replicas and folk sculpture, among other things. I asked her for an interview, and she graciously answered some questions for me. Please take […]

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Libertarian themes abound in The Winter Soldier

I finally made it out to the theater over the Easter weekend to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I was suitably surprised and impressed by it’s predecessor, and the related Avengers films, to make an exception to my general distaste for viewing most things Hollywood. Add to that, my general enthusiasm for all things […]

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Americana and Patriotica

The Liberty Tree #1 Sold at Folk to Fine Art 2014 Liberty Bell #1(Photo of work in progress) Primitives and Lawn Art This page is dedicated to a new series of paintings, primitives and lawn art on patriotic themes. Please check in regularly for new pieces. New brick and mortar location to be announced soon!

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The 3rd Annual Folk to Fine Arts Festival and Expo

I am currently in the process of producing small works for the upcoming Folk to Fine Arts Festival in Commerce, Georgia March 7-9. Please check back with this post periodically to see new work that will be for sale at my booth. For now, here is a collection of paintings and merchandise I plan to […]

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Conservatives Can’t be Creative

In the words of my friend and partner at Liberatchik, Christopher Cook, “Human liberty and natural rights are an unstoppable force: as long as there are humans, we will yearn for liberty. A movement [to express this yearning] is building now, and art will be a part of it. The statists can delay it, but they cannot stop it. Their time is coming to an end.” I am looking forward to being a voice for this movement and I hope you are as well….

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How Conservative Artists Can Use New Media, Work Around Liberal Critics

…I still get confused looks and criticism for labeling myself as a conservative political artist a decade after making the decision to combine my passion for politics with my art….

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Dinner with Band of Mothers Founder Bev Perlson

One of the great honors I had at CPAC this year was to have dinner with Bev and some of our Wounded Warriors in DC. Below is the article she wrote about the evening:

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The Conservative Artist’s Handbook

This handbook was originally written during the development of Liberatchik. I am posting it here as part of a series of articles leading up to CPAC 2013. (Co-Author Christopher Cook)