Divine Inspiration or A Lucky Guess?

June 16th, 2015 Donald Trump announces he is running to be President of The United States

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As a New Yorker I was already a Trump supporter for New York Governor.

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The idea of someone who could actually win in New York and run the liberal insanity out of office was welcomed when Trump showed interest in becoming governor.  

It was not to be and we got President Trump instead, a blast of common sense for the entire nation!

July 9th, 2015 The vision 'Unafraid And Unashamed' Happened.

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Sitting listening to Donald Trump speak about the real problems facing the US and looking at a photo online, the see an American flag falling to the ground and an eagle swoop in snatching/rescuing the flag as the words 'Unafraid And Unashamed' as if on a ticker-tape pass along the screen of my mind.

The Lingering vision

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Being busy and focused on steel sculpture, the idea of painting a Trump painting continued to visit me.  But I was busy and excitedly welding. Painting a Trump painting could help my career? Could hinder my career?

Weeks Pass... The Vision Lingers

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Daily the vision would be present, the image of Trump's face the Bald Eagle snatching the falling flag.  Three elements and a snatching scenario that played over and over again.

Finally, just paint the image already August 19th, 2015

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After weeks of meditating on this recurring vision there was only one way to make it stop, paint the painting.

I finally sat down to work on the eagle on my computer when my 13 year old daughter approached me and asked If I was working on a sculpture of an eagle.  I said no.  Without me saying anything except it was a painting, my daughter turned around and said "Dad, why dont you paint the painting of the eagle and give it to Donald Trump so when he becomes President he can hang it in the Whitehouse'.  Wow! I was speechless!

Coincidence or Providence?

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My daughter's words had left me stunned.  After weeks, the only day I sat down to work on the painting other than internally, my daughter makes a statement, that had all the indications of prescient knowledge, beyond just a good idea.

The Next Morning, August 20, 2015

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Early the next morning I go to CNN and to see what Trump was saying that day.  There was a video segment 'I had a visitor  today', so I clicked play.  As the video rolled, it was about a Time Mag photoshoot that morning.  Suddenly there was Trump standing in the middle of his office with a Bald Eagle perched on his left arm!  I was blown away!  I thought the photo was a photoshopped image, I was so dumbfounded. 

I Believed Trump Would Be President!

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I was stunned, staring at the screen I knew I had to paint the painting and I knew Trump would become President.


Before long I was in my studio building the 7x15' stretcher frame for the canvas.  What was I going to paint, I did not know, I just followed the impulses that kept driving me to painting the vision of my mind.

Nearly 600 Grueling Hours

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The grueling task was painting from scratch an image that was only bare bones in my mind.  The details would come as I kept painting, nothing was planned out, the entire composition was developed on the canvas.


Over and over again I painting and repainted the image as I tried to make it right.  It was nothing but a monumental struggle to get it right, since I had never embarked on such a work of art.

Citizenship

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On September 17th, 2015, 'Constitution Day' in Brockport New York, I became a citizen of the United States of America.


This profound experience, amplified by being immersed in the patriotic imagery of the Trump painting was a great honor  and it happened in the midst of me painting the Trump Painting.  It was the only thing I did during those six weeks other than paint, sleep and eat.

September 27th, 2015 The Painting was finished

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The creation of the Trump Painting was complete, Donald J. Trump would go on to secure the Republican nomination and on November 8th, 2016 he would win the presidency of the United States of America.

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