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Starla Halfmann

All limited edition prints for "Rampart" sold out recently over Thanksgiving. This morning a couple of students from the UK emailed me and asked me what the story was behind "Rampart" and I was excited to share it because it's one of my favorites.

The story behind "Rampart".... 
I painted "Rampart" about 6 months after I quit my job to be a full-time artist. The day I painted it I was very stressed and was hiking and praying to Jesus (I'm a follower of Christ/Christian) about my career and how scared I was at the time. I was struggling with a lot of fear about working with larger companies and I was telling the Lord that I was like a duck in sitting water and that all this pressure was on me. Pressure to "make it", pressure to provide for myself, and pressure to not allow larger companies to "buy me out" for next to nothing. I felt very vulnerable, weak, and unprotected. That's a lot of stress and pressure lol! Anyways, as I was telling the Lord about all these stresses the word Rampart popped in my head. I had no idea what it meant but I knew it had something to do with the answer to my prayers. I got home and looked the word up and this is what it means:


a defensive wall of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet.
synonyms: defensive wall, embankment, earthwork, parapet, breastwork, battlement, bulwark, outwork
"the castle's stony ramparts"
1.  fortify or surround with or as if with a rampart.

So basically, the Lord was telling me I was protected and to not worry. After that I talked with a friend and he said I was going to paint something beautiful that night. I went home got out a piece of birch wood and painted my interpretation of "Rampart" - a male deer that was gentle but also looked protective and strong to me.

I used acrylic to paint Rampart and painted him on a piece of birch wood.