My Father, Tom Pope

pencil and pen on illustration board
37" x 25"

My photorealistic pencil drawings of faces and natural phenomena are meant to facilitate the viewer’s close inspection through their abundance of discrete fragments of information and their insistence that even the ordinary is worthy of extreme scrutiny. These works embody their belief that the mundane is miraculous, the commonplace is extraordinary, and every diminutive, “missable” object is alive, singular, and sublime, and must be appreciated with care, reverence, and gratitude. My landscapes are empty of human presence and celebrate the majesty, enormity, and grandeur of nature, and our humble place within it.

This portrait reflects what I think constitutes 'fortitude' in a human being. The drawing of my father, Tom Pope, depicts a man has been a writer and teacher for over 40 years.