Illustration for The Atlantic

  • Illustration for The Atlantic magazine

    I was commissioned to do a dual portrait of two well-known American icons: John Wayne and John Ford. In their creative partnership, “the two men succeeded in defining an ideal of American masculinity that dominated for nearly half a century,” Nancy Schoenberger writes in Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero.​​​​​​​ The illustration accompanies the essay written by Stephen Metcalf in the December 2017 issue of The Atlantic. Thanks to Zak Bickel for the fantastic art direction here.
  • Inventing John Wayne
     The actor’s persona was inextricable from the toxic culture of Cold War machismo. He was the apotheosis of a Cold War type—unsentimental, hard, brutal if necessary, proudly anachronistic, a rebuke to the softness of postwar affluence. He was turning, in other words, from an artist into a political symbol. “Unlike Ford,” Schoenberger says, “he ended up making propaganda, not art.”