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Michael James Freedman

Portrait of John Roberts

Portrait of John Roberts

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This is a portrait of John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Born in 1955, he was nominated by George H. W. Bush and confirmed in 2005 by a vote of 78 to 22 by senators representing 64% of the population of the US (DC excluded).

My goal was to capture some of his personality.

John Roberts, as Chief Justice, runs the show. While I painted this, I listened to him speak, and he really has a nice sense of humor. As a jurist he is known for being on the textual, conservative side. As he said in his confirmation hearings, "[I]t's my job to call balls and strikes, and not to pitch or bat."

It's a small painting, but it feels right.

The original is 10" x 7", gouache on paper.

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