Paul Jennis: King of Diamonds
His majesty the King of Diamonds sits on his fancy throne, a New York City Park bench. His subjects are the pigeons that flock to him for food to survive even though he has little food for himself. Although he is homeless he sits there with dignity wearing the crown of his uniform knowing that he has served his country well and protected the American way of life. Behind him is his memory as a US soldier with an embattled past that still haunts him and can be seen through the vail of a broken American fence. The sign on the bench is for you the public to help all homeless vets not just him. The card, the king of diamonds in his pocket, represents his badge of honor. It is the card he has been dealt in life’s journey and one of many reasons to support our American Veterans. This painting brings attention to the issues of PTSD and Homeless Veterans for the cause of 52 Reasons to Love a Vet.
Artist Paul Jennis has been an illustrator for such diverse clients as Readers Digest, McCall’s Magazine, Bantam Brooks, CBS Sports and Golf Magazine. Paul has been commissioned to do portraits of championship horses, portraits for the White House, prints for the Civil War Trust, and prints for Harley Davidson. Paul’s artwork has appeared in many major magazines including New Jersey Monthly, The New York Times, TV commercials, and all the major New Jersey newspapers. He has received much critical acclaim for his award winning Plate series of “Gone with the Wind” for The Bradford Exchange and The Franklin Mint. Paul was commissioned to paint Governor Codey’s official portrait for the State House of New Jersey. Paul’s fine art murals can be seen in many New Jersey churches and hospitals. His latest art work includes the creation of three large Murals for Hunterdon county’s tri centennial celebration which hangs in Hunterdon county’s main library.