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ELEMENTS OF THE PAINTING
In most of our minds, the dominant image of September 11th, 2001, is New York City and the Twin Towers. The city skyline appears from an observation platform in Secaucus, NJ where the now missing Twin Towers perfectly framed the Statue of Liberty shown in the foreground. Now there is only smoke, fire and rubble.
Two of the main elements are the symbols of our country. The American flag that flows through the entire painting and the Bald Eagle, rising like the Phoenix Bird from the smoke and ashes.
Our country’s people are its true spirit, the casualties of September 11; the survivors and families, all Americans, young and old, from all walks of life and ethnic and religious backgrounds. These are represented in the paintings center superimposed in the smoke and dust.
The three complete figures emerging from the devastation represent the heroes of the day, the police, firefighters and rescue workers.
The element added last, the word “UNDAUNTED”, that describes the American spirit and is the title of the painting, reflects in the river flowing in the foreground.
Margaret A. Gray
Alumnus of Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design,
Edgecliff College, the Cincinnati Art Academy.
Over a professional career spanning more than 50 years, Margaret created successful works in a broad range of mediums including lithography, etching, woodblock, ceramic, batik, watercolor, oil and acrylic as well as soft sculpture, large murals and computer graphics.
Margaret is best known for her painting “Undaunted” depicting the tragedy of the 9-11 attack. Archival prints of the painting were widely sold and
proceeds went to 9-11 charities and local fire and police departments. Each NYFD and NYPD Division was sent one. She has a personal letter of thanks from Mayor Giuliani. The CIA purchased prints to sell in their company store.
Margaret founded her own company; Magart, Inc., in 1982, and did commissioned works for Procter & Gamble Co., Gulfstream, Cargill, and British Aerospace as well as individuals and other companies. Framed prints of her painting for the P&G Sesquicentennial were given to the CEO’s of P&G’s suppliers and customers. A Christmas card cover was later made of the same painting.
She had a unique ability to capture the essence and personality of people and animals in her portraits.
Her last work, a painting of the Roebling Bridge, looking from Covington, KY is selling well as a giclee print on stretched canvas.
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