Artists find inspiration in Obama's journey to White House

Lexington Herald-LeaderJanuary 20, 2009 

The 2008 presidential election couldn't have come at a better time for University of Kentucky senior Chelsea Tull.

"I'm drawn to politics, especially with this election," the 21-year-old studio art major says.

So, she drew on politics for an end-of-the-year show in which she put her love for illustration to work in a series of political paintings that look as if they could populate the op-ed section or pages of topical magazines.

There's all sorts of commentary in Barack and Roll, a painting of President-elect Barack Obama with a huge grin, jamming on an American-flag guitar.

"I had heard that slogan," Tull says. "I wanted to capture his energy, that youthful energy, that fun and full-of-life energy."

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