Caldwell Coat of Arms

“Caldwell Coat of Arms”
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
16″ x 20″ (matted)

This Coat of Arms drawing I completed for my Aunt Cathy and Uncle Blaine. Using the negative space to give the piece a sort of shield form, and the view from the back porch of their home in Arkansas as reference imagery, this artwork carries a lighter feeling to it than many of the other drawings. Each side is flanked my a black powder musket as my Uncle is an avid collector of firearms and a champion rifleman. Additionally, both my aunt and uncle are artists and art professors at colleges local to their area. Blaine does a lot of metal sculpture and they both are painters, hence the anvil and the palette with in the triangular dark forms descending from the top portion of the composition. The cardinal is our family icon for my Grandpa Thomas, my mother and Cathy’s father, who passed in the late 70’s just before I was born. The small coat of arms in the middle of the piece represents the Davis coat of arms, Blaine’s mother’s surname.

• January 13, 2013

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