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“Eyes of Courage”

Billy Johnson's avatar Billy Johnson

The initial outbreak and explosion of COVID-19 in 2020 inspired this portrait series. The three 8 x 10 portraits represent the dedication and service of our front-line workers. The 8 x 10 self-portrait portrays my encouragement, support, and assistance as I have done my part to help our country recover from the current pandemic. Because I am confined to a wheelchair, due to a diving accident after my military service, and I live in a rural area, my main source of art supplies is a Walmart fifteen miles away. Generally, I draw with simple craft paints and brushes on 8 x 10 sturdy photocopy paper. I also use colored pencils, watercolors, or ink when necessary, and I finish the work with an acrylic sealer. Although I used stock images of healthcare workers for inspiration, each portrait speaks to me in a different way. I select subjects whose eyes tell a story—whether it be exhaustion, bravery, or their commitment to help their fellow man.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: watercolor,acrylic and pencil on paper stock
  • Width: 8 inches
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 10 inches