At Peace – The Story Behind the Painting

During a period of introspection, I challenged myself to depict the human emotion of peacefulness. Red and yellow background colors followed by the two images appeared on my canvas which I immediately entitled At Peace.

A close friend of mine in New Jersey saw the image and suggested that I submit At Peace to The Capital Grille Restaurant who was conducting a nationwide search for an image to use on their inaugural Artist Wine label Series. I submitted the image and received notification one month later that At Peace was selected from over 500 images received by artists from across the country.

A couple months later, I was honored to attend The Capital Grille's unveiling of this inaugural Artist Series wine, with my image as the label, at their restaurant in Cherry Hill, NJ in April of 2010. I offered additional support to their product launch by signing wine labels and 50 limited edition prints of At Peace.

The one of a kind wine was available exclusively at all 40 locations of The Capital Grille for $80 a bottle, and they donated $25 from the sale of each limited bottle to Share Our Strength® and its mission to end childhood hunger in America. The product and fundraising effort was a great success as the limited edition 7,620 bottles of this custom blended wine sold out in one and a half months.

Article about the wine product and project: The Intersection of Art and Wine

The original painting of At Peace (acrylic on canvas, 24” x 36” ) resides with the Jackson Family Wines/ Estates, Napa, CA. Https://