I did this oil painting (30 X 40 inches) in the early ’90’s, using the New York Daily News front page as reference. The full story on O’Toole and my experience (see headboards on front page of The Hawks Perch, above).
Ex-Marine Sgt.Thomas O’Toole was a NY Supreme Court officer when he saw demonstrators across the plazas where he worked, setting fire to the American flag. He had just returned from open heart surgery, but ran down three flights of steps, across the plazas at downtown Brooklyn’s courts, and put out the flames with his bare hands.This painting was exhibited at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 1994, and became the centerpiece of a traveling Law Enforcement Action Paintings, a series of fifteen oil paintings I did while working on designing and sculpting the memorial to slain police officers of New York.
Full Color, Signed Posters are still available for $35 each (handling, shipping and tax is included in that price), though there are not many left.The poster, including the two inch white border, measures 19 X 25 inches.
If you’re interested in purchasing one or more, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.