I created After the Storm to pay tribute to my ancestors and relations who fought for the Union at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland. I visited the battlefield in the summer of 2015, hoping to trace the steps of my great great granduncles, who were officers in the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. I not only traced their steps but was swept off the battlefield by a fast-moving thunderstorm from the south, suggestive of how they were swept off the field by A.P. Hill’s Confederate troops who rushed in from Harpers Ferry just as the battle appeared won by the Union. The green of the toadshade trillium in the original photo suggests the green of the fields and the red of the flower suggests the blood that was spilled at Antietam on September 17, 1862.
Enjoy this piece as a high-quality 10″ x 10″ giclee print on fine watercolor paper, beautifully prepared in a subtlety marbled brown wood frame with acid-free, round-cut green mat and UV acrylic glazing. The finished size is approximately 12″ x 12″, including the frame; big enough to allow you to dive in and really enjoy all the fine detail of the mandala. If you plan to use or gift this mandala as a mediation piece, this is a nice size. A copy of the original photo and the story of the piece are included on the back.