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Robyn Bellospirito
With Hope and Courage, America Rises Again
oil on canvas
36" x 50", November 2001

I wanted to do a positive image; an image of strength but also one showing that we had been hurt but were rising up again, like a Phoenix with wings of red, white and blue.  I depicted the ashes and the ruins, and yet there is a sun overhead symbolizing hope, symbolizing the future and the light ahead.  This was my first patriotic painting, and it came from my heart.

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