Tuesday, September 8, 2015

U. S. S. John Warner Commissioning

Commissioning of the USS John Warner
24 x 12
Oil on Canvas

I was fortunate to get to attend the commissioning of the USS John Warner in Norfolk, Virginia.  My husband worked for Senator Warner and I found him to be an amazing person.  He began his service to our country when he was only 17 years old joining the Navy during World War II.  After the war he resumed his education at Washington and Lee University and then University of Virginia Law School.  During the Korean War he joined the Marine Corps.  He resumed his studies after his time with the Marine Corps and received his law degree from George Washington University.  He subsequently went on to practice law at Hogan and Harrison before becoming the United States Senator from Virginia.  He is honest, fair and open minded.  I wish we had more politicians like him.  Attending the commissioning of the submarine that was dedicated in his honor was a once in lifetime experience for me...and one I will never forget.  

I love painting white...the many shades of white...and this opportunity to paint these white uniforms was great fun.  My love of painting white and this historic event produced a tangible memory which I will enjoy for years to come I am sure.