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Reflections of America: Vol. 14 – To Protect And Serve

June 2nd, 2011 by Stu

Acrylic on canvas – 36” x 27”

There are no shortage of mental images associated with the sports car, cop car rendezvous depicted above. Is this cop giving the lead-footed muscle car driver a ticket? Are we at a road block? Is someone getting directions? Getting cuffed? Was there an accident? A baby being born perhaps? As anyone caught in the bumper-to-bumper wake of a nasty rubbernecking delay knows, imagination and natural curiosity can give way to a flood of possibilities.

“The ambiguities of this painting tell a few stories, but it all boils down to the title, To protect and Serve“, says photorealist Bob Petillo about the latest piece in his Reflections of America series. To those of you just joining us, the lustrous photo you see above is actually a painting. Yes, that right, a painting.  It’s okay, our jaw dropped too.

Nice work Bob.


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