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This of The Gentleman Memorial Portrait Painting was commissioned by Southern Wine and Liquor to represent this long time be-loved co-heart that is permanently displayed adorning his lecture hall at FIU, North Miami, Florida.
The Gentleman captured in this pastel portrait served in the Alcohol Beverage Industry for 41 years, he was remembered by his friends and family because he had the rare combination of being first and foremost a Friend, Confidant and Adviser whose professional accreditation, acute reasoning and superior intellect was always balanced by the human consequences of his decision.
His true loves were his family, tennis and relating his experiences of service to our country in World War II.
18″ X 24″
Commission Portrait: Original Pastel Painting, Subject: The Gentleman, Custom Portrait, Commission Portrait Painting, Styles: Realism, Fine Art, Medium: Pastel Materials: Heavy Cotton Art Paper Mounted on Acid Free Foam Core, Spacers, Wooden Frame, Tru-View Museum Glass with UV protection for preservation.
Master Pastel Artist L.A, CLINE
The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz was a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida for over 20 years and was born in Key West, Florida, on June 20, 1920 passed on January 8, 1997.
The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz graduated from Key West High School as Senior Class President and Valedictorian. After Graduating from the University of Florida with High Honors, he served as Captain in the United States Army in Europe from 1943 to 1946, earning the Bronze Star. Following his military service, Sidney Aronovitz practiced law in Miami Florida, for over 30 years. In 1976 President Gerald R. Ford appointed Aronovitz to the Federal Bench, where he served with distinction for the remainder of his life.
The accomplishments of the Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz were much more far-reaching and exciting than one paragraph can express. This man was such a Devoted Person, Devoted to his Country and his Family.
In 1980 after the “Freedom Flotilla”, there were over 2000 Key West Vessels seized by the Federal Government. These vessels helped Cuban refugees get to the United States under President Jimmy Carters “Open Arms” policy. Judge Aronovitz ordered these vessels released and the cancellation of over 4.6 million in fines that were assessed against the boat owners.
Judge Aronovitz was also selected by the United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve on the original United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1988 to 1992.
Judge Aronovitz bravely defended the United States Constitution by protecting the rights of the homeless, women, Cuban refugees and other minorities. Federal Judge Aronovitz was awarded the prestigious Gold Medallion Award by the National Council of Christians and Jews. The Council bestowed their highest honor to Federal Judge Aronovitz for his dedication to the administration of the rule of law without consideration of race, creed or national origin.
Judge Aronovitz gave hours of pro bono legal work and served as a Founder and Member of the Original Board of Directors of the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami. The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz was inducted into the University of Florida College of Law Heritage of Leadership Recognition’s Society, and the Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz Memorial Scholarship was established in his honor to help minority students.
These highlights were taken from Biography printed for the day of the Ceremonial Naming of his Courthouse. It is a list of great accomplishments not only as an American who loved his country and his home town but also as the loving Husband, Father and Grand Father and Great Grand Father. He was married over 50 years!
In October of 2009, President Barack Obama signed into a law a bill to rename the U.S. Post Office, Custom House and Courthouse in Key West as the Sidney M. Aronovitz United States Courthouse.
It was truly an honor to have the trust of his loving family to create “The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz ” Memorial Portrait Painting which adorns the lobby.
39 1/2″ X 54″
Commissioned Portrait Painting: Memorial Portrait Painting, Subject: The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz, Memorial Corporate Painting, Styles: Realism, Medium: Pastel, Materials: Heavy Acid-Free Art Paper Mounted with Acid-Free Foam Core, Spacers, Frame, Tru-View Museum Glass with UV protection for preservation.
Master Pastel Artist L.A. CLINE
In 1999 a newly constructed Courthouse in Miami, the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse, Miami, Florida hangs this portrait of “The Honorable Judge” Corporate Painting for its new lobby.
This pastel portrait may look like The Honorable Judge was actually standing in a wonderful library with the flags framing the law books; however this background was completely pieced together. The Library section of Family Law was taken from the renowned law offices of Ruden, McCloskey, Smith, Schuster & Russell while the flags where from a visit to Nova Law School. The Judge was actually standing in his office with a window behind him for his sketch and the background was carefully created around him to complete this very impressive
When working with dark colors of pastel one must be very careful apply the dark colors slowly as not to blend in with the light colors. The red tie and book gave color in the foreground with the books and flags adding color and stature.
30″ X 40″
Commissioned Painting: Portrait Painting, Framed, Subject: The Honorable Judge Corporate Painting, Commissioned Painting, Styles: Realism, Portrait Painting, Medium: Pastel, Materials: Heavy Cotton Acid-Free Art Paper Mounted on Acid-Free Foam Core, Spacers, Framed, Tru-View Museum Glass with UV protection for preservation.
L.A. CLINE, Master Pastel Artist.
“Your Honor” Corporate Painting is a legacy painting of former Chief Judge was unveiled November 9, 2009. “Your Honor” Corporate painting was added to an already existing collection as the twelfth portrait of the Third District Court of Appeal Courtroom. The last portrait to be created for this courtroom was in the 1950’s.
The Chief Judge was seated at his desk in a very natural position. In the evening his desk is cleared of all work so when the morning begins everything starts anew. If you look closely at the watch it has a time of 8:30am. This is the start of the day.
There are other very exciting details in this “Your Honor” corporate painting that bring out the personality of the subject. The colors in the tie represent the Florida Gators colors and the hound dog figurine on the desk is a part of an extensive collection. The background is a deep rich palette that gives the painting a sense of bold strength. The subject’s beard and glasses are very modern stylish details.
The framing of this “Your Honor” portrait was with a wooden Black and Gold subtle wide five inch frame with gold caving around the outer edge suggested the strength and power of having the Chief Judge position in the Third Court of Appeal in Miami, Floria.
30″ X 38″
Commissioned Portrait Painting: Your Honor Corporate Painting, Subject: Chief Judge, Court of Appeal, Miami Florida, Medium: Pastel, Materials: Heavy Cotton Acid-Free Art Paper Mounted on Acid-Free Foam Core, Spacers, Framed, Tru-View Museum Glass with UV protection and preservation.
Master Pastel Artist L.A. CLINE
“The Honorable Lawson E. Thomas” (1898-1989), Memorial Corporate painting that was unveiled, October 13, 2000 at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center, Miami, Florida.
The Honorable Judge Lawson E. Thomas, born January 28, 1898, was a tireless fighter for human rights. The Honorable Lawson E.Thomas was the only African-American graduate from the University of Michigan’s Law School in 1923. At the graduation dinner he sat alone none of the other graduates would sit with him. The Dean of the school noticed Thomas was alone and sat down with him. Judge Thomas never forgot his “Grand Gesture”.
Sitting with his widow Mrs. Eugenia Thomas, at her kitchen table thinking how dignified and beautiful she was, even in her seventies. We sat for hours talking about their life and looking at a lifetime of family pictures. Her husband was able to achieve so much from such humble beginnings, having worked as a janitor while waiting for notice of his law school graduation. Eugenia Thomas and I had a wonderful afternoon that day and kept in touch every Christmas for many years. Delighted with her approved of her husband’s portrait.
Judge Thomas was the son of an Ocala Florida schoolteacher and his father was a mechanic. Judge Thomas graduated from Florida A & M University in 1919 and received his law degree in 1923. He practiced law in Detroit and Jacksonville before moving to Miami in 1935. He was one of the early leaders of the civil rights movement and represented plaintiffs in lawsuits requiring the registration of African-American voters in Duval County. He fought for the uniformity of the school year length in Broward County, the equalization of teacher’ salaries and the inclusion of African-Americans in jury panels throughout the state. He was a frequent collaborator with Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP during the long fight to roll back segregation and banish Jim Crow.
He retired from the bench in 1961 and returned to private practice until he passed in 1989.
NOTE: A portfolio with a digital image of the original Pastel Painting of Judge Lawson E. Thomas was submitted to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, at their American Art and Portrait Gallery Library, approved for the “Living Artists File” as a referral for new commissions. This file can be viewed by the public to learn about our American Heroes and the Artists that created their images. This file also allows visitors to see the Artist works as a recommendation for future commissions.
18″ X 24″
Commissioned Portrait Painting: Portrait Painting, Subject: The Honorable Lawson E. Thomas (1898-1998) Memorial Corporate Painting, Styles: Realism, Medium: Pastel, Materials: Heavy Acid-Free Cotton Art Paper Mounted with Acid-Free Foam Core, Spacers, Framed, Tru-View Museum Glass with UV protection for preservation.
Master Pastel Artist L.A. CLINE