Pacific Sotheby’s Realty agent Wendy Moldow purchased the 3-foot by 4-foot oil painting at a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Foundation. After hearing the history behind the painting, Moldow was so moved she felt that it needed to be shared with those that it honored. “The painting represents an opportunity to honor our first responders and their courage as they risk their lives for us every day,” says Moldow.
The painting itself has already traveled thousands of miles. Shortly after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, Carlsbad artist Kelly Lucas was commissioned to paint and then deliver the piece to New York City, where it was auctioned off to raise money for the families of fallen firefighters.
A restaurateur purchased the painting for more than $30,000, but said when he hung it in his restaurant it made people too emotional. He decided to return it to the artist, still pleased with his donation.
Moldow came across the painting about a year ago when Lucas organized a Wounded Warriors fund-raising event at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Encinitas — Moldow’s workplace.
The painting which is officially titled, “Traveling 9/11 Memorial Painting,” will be hung at 1pm on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Encinitas Fire Station No. 2. It will remain at the station for 3 months at which point it will be transferred to another station house within San Diego County.