mixed-media: graphite pencil, chalk and charcoal pencil on bond paper portrait.

A meaningful and symbolic, unconventional portrait that I was inspired to draw of the British Aid worker who was killed during a rescue mission after watching a video press release on October 9, 2010 by Foreign Secretary, William Hague.

Her name was Linda Norgrove-she was kidnapped in Eastern Afghanistan on September 26, 2010.
Mr. Hague (which I have summarized/paraphrase) said that the responsibility for Linda Norgrove’s death rests squarely on the hostage takers because by being a hostage by these particular group of people her life was in intense danger and that a rescue mission was approved by the U.K. to try to save her life or she would surely die in the hands of those who had taken her hostage.

Mr. Hague, the Foreign Secretary, MP went on to say that the United Kingdom never make concessions to hostage takers and that it was their belief that Linda’s only hope for a safe return home was to attempt to rescue her from her captives.

He extended his gratitude to NATO and foreign allies and Afghan authorities who did their best to help her to be rescued.
He also highlighted (what I also feel to be true) that Linda Norgrove and all aid workers in foreign countries are to be honored and respected for their service and commitment in helping others.

My portrait is in honor of her and all aid workers in Our War, for all who serve, protect, and give unselfishly to do the best they can to try as best they can to provide help and improve the lives of others in foreign countries in our war.

I honor, respect, and value the service, the sacrifice and the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line to save people taken hostage by terrorists.

I chose to draw this portrait of her in such a way to convey how I feel that even though her body is no longer with us, for me her spirit is and her good works and the results of all of her dedicated service for others in Afghanistan still exist, so I created a portrait that show her physical existence fading away while remnants of her self still remain, her essence, her memory, her soul…her actions which are tangible and real and here right now long after she has left our world will last as a legacy of her and of her work.

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