Jackson at Glen Burnie, Winchester, VA, Winter 1862
“The painting, Shenandoah Strategy, as I always expect, is beautiful. Mort’s gift of using light never ceases to amaze me and I have no doubt but that accuracy marks every stroke of the brush.”
– Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr.
I’m pleased beyond words to have been able to share my enthusiasm and passion for the history of the Civil War with you all. How fortunate I’ve been to be able to pursue a career doing something that I love to do. However, searching for new ideas about the Civil War has become increasingly difficult as I have completed over 350 paintings on the subject to date. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to say that Shenandoah Strategy is the first of a series of eight paintings of the Civil War that I will be doing over the next two and a half years. The eighth and last painting of the series will be released on the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War in April of 2015 as my final Civil War print.
Shenandoah Strategy is the first in this farewell series and I believe it to be one of my best. I have always enjoyed painting “Stonewall” Jackson. I often portray the general within a snow scene while using my favorite kinds of dramatic lighting. This scene is set in front of Glen Burnie, Winchester, Va., site of the beautiful Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, where, if all goes well, I will be having an exhibition of more than 60 original paintings in the near future. I have painted the near wing of Glen Burnie the way it looks today so that the viewer can relate better to it. It had a slightly different window arrangement in 1862.