Announcement: Matt Pecson Painting for the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner Silent Auction

Sarasota artist Matt Pecson was honored recently by being asked to create a painting for this years Human Rights Campaign National Dinner Silent Auction. The Human Rights Campaign is the leading national advocacy organization working for the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans through education, research and political activities. The HRC National Dinner brings together more than 3,000 HRC members, friends, family and allies for an evening of celebration and inspiration. The HRC National Dinner attracts the nation’s top figures in entertainment and politics.

Pecson has created a special piece for the auction, an original oil painting of Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz, done in Pecsons signature style. 

"Over It", 24x24, Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

"Over It", 24x24, Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

The title "Over It" is a reference to the song "Over the Rainbow" from the movie, but also stands for the LGBT community being over the sadness and over the hate. The colorful palette includes Emerald Green, as a reference to the Emerald City. There are also rainbows in several areas of the painting, as a reference to the same song and also as a symbol of gay rights. There are two hidden tornadoes depicted in the painting. A tornado carried Dorothy away to the Emerald City. The entire piece is done in Pecson's signature style of expressionist brushstrokes and with the use of negative space, which draws the viewer into it as the eye works to complete the piece. This connects the viewer to the painting on a subconscious level.

The Human Rights Campaign 20th Annual National Dinner Silent Auction is being held on Saturday September 10th, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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