Eagle at Sunset

This was one of my first animal paintings. I did this painting in my cell. I learned how to lay in the background and not lose the lines of the eagle. I found this subject in a magazine, and it included some odd looking trees in the foreground, which I choose not to include. I enjoyed painting this eagle as It symbolizes freedom for me. How I long for freedom and am learning to be content with where I am from day to day. I am learning to enjoy the freedoms I have inside these prison walls. One is the freedom of joy which cannot be taken away. So painting this eagle brought me joy. My friend claimed this painting as his own, as he enjoys spreading his own wings of independence and freedom. It reminded me of the simple verse in Isaiah 40:31 "But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak." I look forward to that day.