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!!