Vanitas I (Fallen Soldier)

2010. Oil on panel, 11"x16". Private collection.

This was my first vanitas painting, with its rigid complementary color scheme. It was a gift for a very dear friend who retired from the Army after having seen extensive combat. The dichotomy of his kind and empathetic nature juxtaposed with what he has inevitably seen and done is reflected in the intensity of the hues.