You Failed Me

"You Failed Me" by Peter Breese, 2012.  Ink and gouache on paper. 

In the wake of the last thirteen years, the time since the Columbine High School shooting, I have struggled to restrain my emotions surrounding the incidence and relative acceptance of violence in our American society.  As a Coloradan and father of two young children, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary was simply more than I could bear.  As an artist, I often find myself reflecting on the Mother of Exiles and how she might feel in these moments - a mixed sense of fury and sorrow to match my own.  

We can be better.  We must be better.  For the future of this country and the well-being of our children - a safer and brighter liberty for all Americans.