Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ellis Island New Arrival




OK, I'll admit it.  I just couldn't give up painting this image.  
My grandfather, Julius Ludwig Van Pahlke
arrived on Ellis Island with a few belongings.  
I painted him previously, but my work didn't depict the STORY
I wanted to tell.  I think that this is better.

This tells of a little guy who just arrived off of the boat, 
with his few treasures in a bag and basket.  Tattered and torn
just like Madam Liberty held her arms to embrace.

Enjoy and be glad you are here in the USA!!

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