As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, we remember and honor all military personnel who died in the service of our country. Terry Redlin paid tribute to his brother-in-law, Charles Langenfeld, and all fallen heros with his series “An American Portrait”. This heartfelt collection is on permanent display at the Redlin Art Center in Watertown, South Dakota. Admission is free.

In the series, Terry Redlin draws from his own memories to tell a story of heartfelt firsts. Each painting in this series is unique yet builds upon preceding images of a house, a neighborhood, and the changing seasons of life.

Many of the men and women who fought for our country’s freedom have paid the ultimate price. Terry painted this series as a way to honor Veterans and their families. His painting, “His First Goodbye“, specifically tells the emotional true story of his brother-in-law, Charles Langenfeld, leaving his mother and father’s home after joining the military. The last painting (featured above) is the sad, but true story of the family’s loss of their loved one.

Explore the seven paintings in An American Portrait series and recall many of your own firsts.

And, stop by and see our new sculpture! It is called “Going Home” by sculptor Sondra Jonson. It will be on display in front of the Redlin Art Center until May 2024.