Pillars of Freedom by Rod Chase

Pillars of Freedom - Sepia by Rod Chase

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Rod Chase is one of the most well-known photo-realist painters today.  This outstanding work pays tribute to one of our nation's Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson.  This magnificent image showcases the Jefferson Memorial during the peak of the world-famous cherry blossoms.  Several lush trees captivate the scene with their splendid branches of ripe blossoms cascading over the Tidal Basin, almost touching the tranquil water.  The Jefferson Memorial takes on a ethereal quality as the mass of gray clouds surround the building, almost blending with the stately architecture of the memorial to the great man.  Enchancing this elegant, quiet scene, the pathway lights and the building's columns reflect in the water to complete this amazing image.


The annual blooming of the cherry trees has come to represent the beauty of our nation's capital.  The famous trees have become Washington D. C.'s rite of Spring with an explosion of pink around the Tidal Basin.  Thousands of people from around the world visit the city to witness the colorful spectacle anticipating the beautiful trees will be in breathtaking bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Thomas Jefferson would be pleased with this wonderful gift from Japan in 1912.  As an avid horticulturist, Jefferson once said, "No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."  DF

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