Mr. Hanna

“We must dare to think “unthinkable” thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.”
– James William Fulbright

Mr. Hanna

3″ x 5″ Watercolor

I am not a portrait artist, but every so often, I just have to give it a go.  This is another one of Li’s references and I loved the character on this man’s face.

Uncle Tom, as he is known to the locals, is 92 years old and he rides his scooter 14 miles into the market from his remote home, that he shares with his goats and dogs.  Li says that he never complains and is adored by his friends.  I love his face!    I only spent about a half hour on him.

About James William Fulbright

James William Fulbright, the US senator who represented Arkansas from 1945 to 1975, is memorialized in the Fulbright Prize, the international exchange program he created. He was born in 1905 in Missouri. As a congressman, he sponsored a resolution to form the peace-keeping organization that became the United Nations. As senator, he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee for 15 years. His book The Arrogance of Power critiques the government’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He died in 1995.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CarolKing
    May 20, 2010 @ 08:38:36

    For “not a portrait artist” you did a fabulous portrait.


  2. Joan T
    May 19, 2010 @ 12:17:27

    You captured every one of the character lines on his 92 year old face! Great job!!


  3. lesliepaints
    May 19, 2010 @ 08:29:30

    This is a wonderful portrait, Beth. He looks like a very friendly soul!


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