Stunning original oil painting on a 24x30x1.5" wrapped canvas, with sides painted and ready to hang with a wire on the back.

Did you know that dreadlocks date way back to the Minoan Civilization, which centered in Crete, Greece. Frescoes discovered on the Aegean island of Thera (modern Santorini, Greece) depict individuals with long dreadlocks. Art has been found in ancient Egypt, the Far East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, East Mediterranean and North Africa suggesting dreadlocks were a part of their culture and mummies have been recovered in Egypt showing their dreadlocks still in tact!

Regardless of their origin, dreadlocks have been worn by nearly every culture at some point. There are even suggestions to show that Samson from the book of Judges wore dreadlocks, having seven locks of hair that gave him his mighty strength.

The eagle has also been used as a "banner" by many great empires throughout history, from Babylon to Egypt, Rome and now America and is seen as a symbol of hope and strength.

During my research on war paint I came across stories of Pre Saxon Britannic warriors, Native American warriors and New Zealand Maori warriors all using war paint before battle to give them courage.


Sometimes in life I feel like I would benefit from putting on my war paint and facing the world with an eagle on my shoulder. 

Last year when I was going through my chemo, losing my hair added to the misery of the medical journey and I certainly felt my strength go as my hair slipped down the drain.


In this painting the dreadlocks represent strength, the war paint, a steely determination to face a trial with courage and the eagle is the hope we have for better times ahead. 

Stand Strong

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    Created using professional, heavy body oil paint and sealed with a high quality professional varnish.

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    I ship all orders within 1-3 business days. 

    Original paintings and prints are packaged using professional packing materials and boxed for safe travel. 

    Shipping charges are based on average costs for the weight and size of each painting within Florida. Some charges may be more or less than quoted, in this case I will refund the difference or work with you to find the best way of shipping at the most reasonable cost. 

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    Paintings shipped outside of Florida may be more than quoted, I will of course do my best to get the best possible rate.

    Artwork can also be picked up at the Butterfield Garage Gallery in St Augustine and if you're local to the Jacksonville area I am happy to work with convenient places to meet.

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