A couple of years ago, back in April of 2010, I wrote here about one of my paintings being selected by the then Ambassador to Nepal, Scott DeLisi, for display in his offices at the American Embassy in Kathmandu. And earlier this year, I wrote again about that painting being part of a intercultural exhibition and gala featuring the art of a number of Nepalese artists and the eight American artists whose work hung at the embassy. Being chosen by Ambassador DeLisi was a great honor for me, particularly since there aren’t a lot of chances for an artist to represent their country in any meaningful way. I almost felt like an Olympian, even if only in a very small way.
Ambassador DeLisi however had his assignment altered and left that position earlier this year, which meant that the painting in Kathmandu was returned to the gallery. My Olympic dream seemed to be at an end.
However, Mr. DeLisi was nominated by President Obama to be Ambassador to the African nation of Uganda and was confirmed by the Congress in May. Yesterday, I was notified by the Principle Gallery that the Ambassador had requested three of my paintings for display at the Embassy in Kampala.
I feel Olympian once again! I was especially thrilled that it was going to Uganda after having watched the young Ugandan boys who came to Williamsport, PA in the past few weeks as the first African team to play in the Little League World Series. It was a great story as the other teams and the crowds there seemed to truly embrace these kids. Remarkably, they won a game even though most of the kids had only been playing baseball (or even known about baseball, for that matter) for about six months.
But I was mostly thrilled at the prospect of my work once again being representative of our country and honored that Ambassador DeLisi had once again found something in it that enabled his decision. I hope these paintings serves him well in Uganda.
The pieces chosen are shown above and below.