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NC-12
8 in. x 11 in.
Watercolor and pen
North Carolina's District 12 was considered so badly gerrymandered that it was ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court, and it had to be redefined earlier this year. NC-12 was designed by a republican legislature to limit the representation of African American voters in North Carolina. A former congressman once said, "District 12 is so narrow that if you drove through it with your car doors open, you would end up killing half of it's constituents." If you want to know what voter suppression looks like, this is it.
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NC-07
NC District 7 (David Rouzer)
8 in. x 11 in.
Watercolor and Pen
With a bit of inspiration from Egon Schile, I wanted to highlight one of the biggest issues in NC, which is gerrymandering. Two of the top ten most gerrymandered districts in the US are in North Carolina. The coastal districts in particular are so bad that they have made it so that our state government will almost always be under the control of one party regardless of who we vote for. In an effort to display how insane these districts are, I used the line that makes up this district to create the face of its representative. I apologize for the delay on this one, as I had to learn a full new drawing method in under a week. Enjoy!
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Prayer of a Refugee
8ft. x 2.5ft.
Acrylic on Wood

I have to admit that I hadn't been painting for a couple of months. I felt like I had lost a lot of my drive to create things, and I needed to take a step back to gather my thoughts. In the recent weeks we have seen the creeping spread of isolationism affect policies in our government, and that really set a fire underneath me creatively. Just this week the travel ban was struck down because courts deemed it unlawful. I wanted to make this as part of my efforts to humanize people who come to this country just to escape the warzones that they live in. America is a land of opportunity. It is a melting pot of diversity. If we trace our roots, it is clear that we all came from somewhere else. The hope of coming to this country is all some people have, and to get rid of that is un-American. Even if you don't agree with me, I hope that you find some enjoyment in my work. Thanks!

Initial photo credit goes to The Smithsonian Institution
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Old Timer
15 inches x 20 inches
Black watercolor

This is a more natural style of painting for me and is what I'm more used to. If you enjoy this piece feel free to check out my other work. Favorite, comment, or become a watcher to check out my work in the future.
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Welcome to Ferguson
30 inches x 22 inches
Watercolor

This was a piece I did a couple of years ago about the riots in Ferguson, MI. I was inspired from a few photos from the Civil Rights Movement and wanted to connect the two events whilst showing the struggles that people faced.  If you like my work feel free to become a watcher, favorite, share or comment. Prints of a number of my works are available.
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Patrick Bidwell
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I can be best described as a painter and activist who wants to create something that is beautiful but also meaningful if possible. However, I do use a lot of my time to practice and hone my skills in art between major paintings.
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