Internationally collected and award-winning equine artist, Bruce K. Lawes, has been invited to paint live at this year’s 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment. He is setting up his easel over looking the epic reenactment field at the Redding Farm in Gettysburg and will be painting all four days of the event.
The piece he has chosen and already begun is “Brothers in Arms,” depicting Custer’s epic and outnumbered heroic charge into the Confederate cavalry led by J.E.B. Stuart to prevent them from attacking the Union rear at Cemetery Ridge.
Lawes is working closely with the multi award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Robert Child and historical advisor J. David Petruzzi to maintain an authentic yet creative reflection of the important Civil War battle. His progress will be videotaped and featured each day on the Gettysburg Battlecast which is webcasting live from the event.
Lawes’ interest in the Gettysburg anniversary stems from his desire to portray the horse as an integral part of civilization. “From wild to domestic equines and in times of war and peace, we owe a great debt to the horse,” says Lawes. “I’m also honored to support the Civil War Battlefield and Historic Preservation organizations nominated by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee as beneficiaries of this special art initiative and I will be donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of limited edition prints, a series of posters and the original canvas which will be auctioned later in the year.”