"Glory" 18x18, Oil on Canvas
The definition of Glory is: Great honor, praise or distinction accorded by common consent, renown.
I wanted to depict a typical field just as the light was hitting it in the right way. For me, the battles of the Civil War don't have to include figurative images but can be plainly seen in the ground. The life, death, light and dark can tell the whole story. Each battlefield reminds us that these men died, and were buried where they fell (until they were dug up for another burial later). Most men were farmers and worked the land. And don't forget the countless slaves who were worked endlessly to make the ground yield crops and cotton.
So many battles were fought on an open field: Manassas, Gettysburg, Antietam (to name a few) and so many died. Over 600,000 (more than any other war fought by an American. And yes, that includes WWII). For many men there were several reasons why they gave their lives. And for many young men it was the chance to have a uniform, to catch a pretty girls' eye and to make a name for themselves in battle. Remember at First Manassas that men and women came out in carriages with picnics to witness what would happen. No one thought the Civil War would be so bloody. Until after that first battle and the people saw the blue and grey, the carnage red with war.