Friday, February 19, 2010

Michael Reagan's Art Helps Us To Never Forget

The Portrait Artist Michael G. Reagan started drawing over 40 years ago when he had broken his arm from playing football and was trying to occupy his time. He quickly realized how much he enjoyed drawing and soon found out how good he was by the reaction of others. He later served in the Vietnam war where he continued his  portrait drawing. Often these Portraits where the last images of the fallen. Michael went on to pursue an art career where he crossed paths with many celebrities and was commissioned to draw their portraits. As he has continued his drawing of over 10,000 portraits he has shared his enthusiasm through his motivational speeches as well as through his many heart warming pieces of art that he has drawn for charity. Michael  has most recently been working on his Fallen Heroes Project where he offers his service to create a portrait  for the families of fallen soldiers.
 Matt Maupin

"Our mission is to honor the American Fallen Heroes for their ultimate sacrifice during the war against terrorism. The foundation will provide the resources to produce and distribute to each family a hand-drawn portrait of their Fallen Hero, created by artist Michael G. Reagan, free of charge. Each portrait is intended to show our Love and Respect for these Heroes and their families."
 Christopher Michael Dana

RR"Reagan views his art as much more than work, he feels called to share his talent for larger purposes. While he is sought out to draw many commissioned portraits, even some as high profile as President and Mrs. Bush, he feels called to bring healing to difficult situations through his art. “After reading in the paper about a terrible car accident involving a drunk driver that had killed two daughters, I felt compelled to provide a memory of the girls through a portrait for the parents,” he describes. “When I met the family to present the portrait, the grandfather told me I had brought life back into the family. I can’t eliminate anyone’s grief, but I can provide some comfort and healing.” This is just one of many such examples of Reagan sharing his gift to bring healing to a family after loss."
 Amanda Pinson

You can find a video by MSNBC and a audio slide show at  BBC..There is also a presentation of the drawings at Arlington Cemetery.

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