This is a commissioned piece for iSSACHAR Center for Urban Leadership, an urban leadership organization that specializes in connecting communities and creating conversations that allow unique groups hear each others thoughts and ideas. An essential portion of the organization is college stipend and housing that is provided for a group of selected college students over a 10-month period.
Their mission involves training contemporary leaders… “people of Issachar.” In the biblical story of King David, the people of Issachar were described as valuable at a critical moment in history because, “they understood the times, and knew what should be done.” – 1 Chronicles 12:32
About the Painting
Scott Lundeen, the director of the Issachar Center requested a painting for their Soul Music Series. We decided that it would be on particle board (something more durable than canvas). He came up with a concept. I put it into Photoshop and modified it a bit after a few suggestions. I primed the board black and then drew a 3 inch grid system to insure that I painted it at a proper scale. I then using acrylic paint build the facial features touching it up layer by layer.
I’m so glad Scott gave me the opportunity to do this. Thanks Scott and Issachar!