|1-Reflections Vietnam Wall by Lee Teter
Several members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 and emerging realist painter Lee Teter came to the chapter with an inspirational idea that was developed at the kitchen table. As a result of those discussions, the painting "Reflections" emerged.
Lee Teter paints with remarkable accuracy, and in this case, he depicted panels 29 and 30 East of the Vietnam Wall. Many names can be seen in their actual position on the Wall.
The images of servicemen reflected in the Wall and their comrade were created with live models using a full length glass panel in Teter's studio.
The live models were actual Chapter 172 members Jim Williams, Dave Arnold, Jane Bass, Mike Thompson, Bill Custer and Dale Layton. Micki Banks, a veteran who lost his life in Vietnam is also depicted from a family photo. Williams, now painted in business attire, was originally sketched in fatigues but was later changed to reflect a more universal image of surviving veterans.
The painting took months to finish. Organizing the veteran introduction to print sales and promotion took more months. Lee's finances suffered and bills stacked up but Lee knew that such things were not important compared to the work he was doing. In his living room one evening Lee wrote out a license to reproduce and distribute the prints and gave it as a gift to the organization through members of the "Reflections" committee. Lee was pleased with merely being part of the effort to "do a good thing". He supervised printing and set up a system of distribution. He signed over 23,000 prints. He and his wife Barbi helped the group get the print sales off the ground. His art took a back seat to helping the veterans get started. Though Lee assured them there was no need, the veterans group bought the copyright using money generated by the print. The veterans then had complete control of the image.
- Available in 19 x 26
- The "Reflections" print is an open edition with an image size of 26" x 19" printed in high resolution using permanent ink on archive quality acid free paper.
This piece can be purchased as...
$60.00 - Open Edition