October 13, 2011
Christian artist Jack Cribbs of Winchester, Va., on truth, faith, and art
In Morgan's Rifleman, Winchester artist Jack Cribbs catches a young soldier contemplating his next battle. Every aspect of the work is historically truthful: the man is clean shaven and resolute. Cribbs uses light to capture emotion. The lines of light that run throughout the painting, the soldier's face in profile, and the slanted musket--it all communicates unwavering assurance and confidence. Through a careful study of the time period and painstaking technical accuracy, Cribbs hopes to be able to transport his viewers back to the Revolutionary War in a way that most history books never could.