Working from photographs and videos provided by Bill Caddell, from Wendell Berry’s biography, and from Harlan’s writings, I composed this portrait of Harlan. The photos spanned several decades and showed a number of angles. I had the face of many Harlans to choose from, but there was one soul, one essence that I hope I have captured. Steadfastness, stamina, commitment, kindness, inner peace, visionary, are words I kept in mind as I worked. His hands are over sized, symbolic of physical work, as is the garden hoe he holds. His body I rendered rough and weathered to suggest the forces of nature; the river currents, wind, rain, and erosion that he lived so much in tune with.
31 x 30 x 22 inches.