Friday, June 26, 2009

Neda Agha-Soltan

On June 20th, 2009, Neda Agha-Soltan was shot and killed by government snipers during a protest of the Iranian election. Her death was filmed and photographed by fellow protestors, with footage and pictures quickly making their way to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Her death has in many ways provided a rallying cry for Iranians, despite the fact that the government has declared mourning and prayer for Neda illegal. She has become a symbol of the hundreds of people who have lost their lives standing up for what the believe in during this tumultuous time. The name "Neda" means "voice" or "calling" in Persian, and she has been referred to as the "voice of Iran".

Her story has struck a chord with me in many different ways, especially since we were born in the same year, and I felt strongly compelled to make a portrait of her. Though her death was horrific and far too soon, it has made a huge impact around the world. She is a martyr in the truest sense of the word. Here's to the people of Iran. Stay strong.


  1. Hi! I'm stopping by at the recommendation of PVE, and so glad I'm here! Your artwork is amazing! I love your sketch of Neda. It is a beautiful tribute to her and helps to honor her "voice."

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  3. Came here from PVE and I think your tribute to Neda Agha-Soltan was powerful. I looked at your bio and saw you came from Oklahoma. I grew up in the tiny town of Comanche. The politics in Oklahoma have gotten nutty, but you are proof that many talented people have Oklahoma roots. Best of everything your way.

  4. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments!

    It's nice to hear from someone else who grew up in Oklahoma (and I'm glad it's not just me who thinks the politics there are crazy!).