2020 IHA Exhibition & Sale
Award Winner: Indiana Heritage Arts Directors' Purchase Award
Awarded By: Indiana Heritage Arts Board of Directors
Painting: Blue Angel
Artist: Dan Bulleit
Medium: Oil on Stretched Canvas
Size: 40" x 30", Framed
I was compelled to paint this tribute to health care workers in recognition of their response to the Covid epidemic and in gratitude from me personally in their support of my on-going battle with colon cancer. Their hands-on defense to the virus is universally recognized as an historic humanitarian effort, often against the grain of the political rhetoric of our times. Health care professionals demonstrate such devotion that for some, has been at the cost of their own lives. In this painting, a symbol for all the workers, a solitary nurse attempts to gather herself on a short break during another long shift. In her fatigue, she questions if they have done enough. The isolation and sometimes doubt within the turbulence almost consume her spirit. I can't imagine where we would be without their dedication to go on and save lives. I feel this painting makes a relevant statement at this unique period of time. It has garnered more online responses than any other I have done. Suggestions include that it be respectfully displayed in a reverent place that many could see it.
On a personal level, health care workers have been incredible in my own care. Their compassion and support is beyond what I imagined. They make such a difference in the quality of treatment and deserve both our gratitude and continued prayers. In appreciation, I offer this painting hoping it helps serve as a reminder that they continue to be our front line.