Artist’s Statement: Rami and Manar are peace activists who work with the youth of Gaza City. In a territory ruled by Hamas, any activities promoting peace with Israel is strictly forbidden, but these young adults have risked their lives and freedom to do just that arranging meetings on Skype with Israelis and Palestinians. They have rejected their government’s aggressive stance and Islam’s religious dogma. This conduct got them both arrested, imprisoned for months of brutal treatment. My painted portrait of Rami and Manar shows them as Peace Cadets, fighting for a cause they know to be right, PEACE.
Artist Bio: Ken Charon has lived and worked at The Art Farm on Hawai’i Island since 1984. It is situated in the rain forest on the slopes of Kilauea Volcano, lending itself well to creative endeavors.
Ken’s distinct style, developed after years of study in Europe, illustrates a variety of images including Hawaiian landscapes, portraits and thought provoking dreams in minute and colorful detail.
His award winning work has been exhibited internationally and is in private collections in the U.S. and Europe, including that of former Vice-President Al Gore and President Barack Obama.