My decision to paint “Whistleblowers” came from my examination of this exceptional group of people, willing to bring enormous controversy and upheaval upon themselves for seemingly little to no reward. Many of these people have lost careers,family,friends or even paid with their lives for their claims and actions.Some have been incarcerated,and most of them endure varying degrees of scorn and ridicule.
Former CIA operative Robert Steele who I include in my series,defines the term “Whistleblower" as the following; a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity. However, I broaden this term to include informers who bring previously unknown and unaccepted information forward.Suppressed ideas contrary to political,corporate,scientific,environmental,medical and religious norms and interests.
My main focus is with informers within the UFO,E.T. and “classified” topics.This topic in my opinion is the greatest story never told,and the next great step mankind needs to take. Hidden discoveries such as "free energy” anti-gravity devices,as well as evidence of other worldly intelligence would change the entire paradigm in which we live.
The portraits I have created are of people living as well as some deceased.This is in no way a comprehensive list or in any order of importance.They are people who have gained my attention thus far in this ongoing art project.I leave it up to the viewer to decide as to each of their contributions and merit.By having them viewed in the context of "Art”,my hope is they can be discovered by a new audience and reevaluated by a previous one.
When considering the phrase ”follow the money”, it appears to me there is little evidence it applies here. Most of these people endure hardship and harassment for their claims and live less than glamorous lives.
I hope the viewer will take a closer look at these individuals and their claims.I feel we owe them this consideration.
I chose to paint 50 small portraits in a 9”x12” oil on panel format as one collective work. Each painting was created in an "alla prima" style, considering likeness while preserving a sense of paint. They are not detail concerned but rather intended to capture the feel and spirit of each individual.