REY LETADA RAISES MONEY FOR GREAT CHARITIES SUPPORTING THE TROOPS, OF WHICH HE WAS ONE. I WAS DELIGHTED TO DO THIS PAINTING FOR HIM THAT DEPICTS THE SCEENE OF GREAT LAKES NAVAL STATION MOMENTS BEFORE HE SWAM 42 MILES TO CHICAGO. GO REY! THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY "
This picture is an artistic rendering of the start of my 42 mile inaugural solo charity swim for the iSwimForVeterans (ISFV) from Great Lakes to Chicago. ISFV is a charity organization I founded to raise awareness and help our military folks suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Unbeknownst to Thomas, the very reason I commissioned him to paint this panoramic picture of the Naval Station Great Lakes Marina was to document a seemingly calm day before the weather turned for the worst hours later. It had me swimming in six (6) to seven (7) foot swells for 3+ miles in Lake Michigan.
Thomas, no doubt masterfully captured that moment of “calm before the storm” with his brush and genius interplay of colors to depict the conditions earlier in the day. I think the only way I'd be able to effectively tell the rest of the story of this epic swim is by hiring Thomas again to paint the latter half of that day when the storm was in rage. Great work Thomas Frazer!