On 8-17-13, I interviewed a Living Master Artist, Ed Copley, who is the great-great-great-grandson of the iconic American portrait artist John Singleton Copley. Copley Square in Boston is named after John Singleton. When Ed heard of the Boston Bombing, he decided to lend his hand and heart to help the victims who lost limbs. He decided to paint his version of John Singleton's famous painting "Watson and The Shark" (which hangs in the National Gallery in Washington D.C.).
In the 1778 painting, a shark bites off 14-year old Brook Watson's foot, as he is swimming in Havana Harbor, Cuba (a true story).
When Ed's painting is finished, it will be auctioned off in Copley Square to the highest bidder and all proceeds will go to help the victims. The relationship between the sharks in the water biting off Watson's limb and aiming to kill him is akin to homegrown terrorists who leave pressure cooker bombs that ripped off limbs and aimed to kill the Marathon runners.
I love this theme, this connection, and Ed's compassion!! Have a look at this wonderful painting in the making, and hear my interview with artist Ed Copley. Enjoy! Click here to listen.