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In Memoriam by KatieHofgard In Memoriam by KatieHofgard
In memoriam to those lost on 9/11, and to those lost at Columbine in 1999. Two tall tree to symbolize the twin towers, and 13 columbine blossoms, one for each victim at Columbine High. Our loved ones are still with us as long as we remember them...

I've been working on this piece for a while now, a large acrylic commission for Nevermint. I had a lot of setbacks, both technically and schedule wise that made this one take a lot longer than I planned. This was also a really emotional piece for me to paint. I am not afraid to admit I cried on and off during it's creation. I hope I did the concept justice!

11" X 14" acrylic on Illustration board
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
That's a sad thing, how such things happened.
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RedneckFox96 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Assholes who shoot up schools should be tormented daily in a cell by other inmates with beatings, torchings, and routine police brutality. I can think of far uglier things but I won't say it.
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Jo-san Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can hardly believe this is painted with traditional medium. In my eyes you deserve a DD.
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Lycondemon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very beautiful painting! 
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GambitAndRika Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
everytime i look at this i can feel the emotions
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suthrnbelle81 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just amazing!!!
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Jayfeather27 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful
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Createdit Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The smile just spread wider across my face because this is so pretty and powerful.. wow
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Notironman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
awesome, just awesome
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of the poppies in Flanders Fields. This is very touching. :salute: :flagus:
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very touching and beautiful! I love that you put the spirits next to the living figure, instead of just having him mourning alone. Spirits go on and they never leave us.
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AzKai Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I'm about to cry just looking at it and knowing what all of the symbolism means. Amazing job! I hope I can touch people as much with my own art, some day.
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Amyvity Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sad but lovely. I've always wished to see a picture like this of your's and now I have!
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Athreana Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
It is a lovely piece of work, and a nice way to remember. =(
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Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful. I love the colors, the highlights of the tree leaves, and how you made them look transparent. Amazing feeling in this piece.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
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DashieCat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so sad! T_T Your art is truly amazing! I actually cried! (That dose not happen alot)
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LoveandBonestm Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cried just lookinf at it. Amazing work sweety:)
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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LoveandBonestm Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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GambitAndRika Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its wonderfull
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks!
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GambitAndRika Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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18o5 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really an amazing piece, touching and beautiful. <3
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Words can not be sad on how touching this is..
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SpaghettiWaffles Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
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ks227 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Photographer
I love the little wolf thing sitting looking up at the sad one :)
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Kycheronian101 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's beautiful!
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HellHound12 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
This would make me cry! iv'e seen both those tragic events, what made you think of this?! Even though its beautiful, its sad, good work though.
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crazed-fangirl-rar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
wow this is beautiful..... i teared up and you gave me chills..... i am so glad im watching you
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gudruna Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
beautiful
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Nanahari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist
this painting and your words gave me chills
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BlueDraken Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Sad.
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Cody-H Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Photographer
I don't think I've ever seen acrylic done so nicely, it looks really amazing. The lighting and texture detail is great, along with what the message is behind this piece. Deviant Art needs many artists like you. :meow:
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N3ffShark Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful.
The details are amazing, and an acrylic piece?
Well done.
And a great tribute to two horrific events.
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luniara Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Katie,

I want to say, as a 9/11 family member, that this is a beautiful tribute to all those lost on both 9/11 and Columbine. The symbolism is wonderful and the colors and mood is well done. No one should ever be ashamed of crying for shedding a tear over such terrible events. These things that tear a hole in society are so intense that these feelings are natural.

You honor us by still remembering these events...despite how others are forgetting and just thinking of setting a moment of their day, one day a year to remember.

I recommend submitting this to the 9/11 Memorial website. They display artwork in the museum.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man, that means so much. Thank you so very much, I am glad you like it!
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ThkhBC Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Interface Designer
:(((( beutiful...but so sad
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Renewalazar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
<3
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moved-acc Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
wow, this is an exquisite piece. I can feel the emotion and pain behind it. Great job!
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JAFNOVA Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very well done.
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CelestialDrake Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. It has a lot of emotion in it and is overall a beautiful piece of artwork. It should get a DD in my opinion.

I saw all the spammers and trolls and I gotta say they are all pathetic. Really. It's sad how so many people love this and it was made for the victims of these two tragedies and then a couple of people come and just spam and troll. They have no respect for anything whatsoever, it is sad.

Just ignore them. This is a very touching piece and it is just so awesome :D
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. <3
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Arvalin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This..is amazing. It has a lot of emotion in it. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.
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