Artist soars proudly with drawing of terrorist attacks

By Greg Miller

STAR STAFF

   Karen Perkins, a local artist, has drawn a rendition of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. "And Our Flag...Was Still There" depicts the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, along with the American Flag and the eagle.
   An RN in the ICU at Watauga Medical Center, Boone, N.C., Perkins drew her impressions of the terrorist attacks after her co-workers at the hospital asked her to make a poster depicting the event.
   Perkins says her co-workers "loved" the drawing. "They didn't know I liked to draw, so they were really surprised," she said. "They bought the frame and everything. I just did the poster."
   Colored pencils and "a magic marker to outline" were used to produce the drawing, which Perkins completed in about four hours.
   Perkins notes that the country "is pulling together. Everybody is forgetting their minor differences. There's an overall effort to be united and stand behind the government and get back to the basics of what the country was founded on. It's this type of tragedies that tend to bring people out of their more personal problems to focus on greater world issues."
   Although Perkins says the terrorist attacks were "frightening," she wasn't "all that surprised as much terrorism as there has been elsewhere. We've always been pretty well protected by geography, and we're a young country so we haven't built up the hatreds that other people have to deal with.
   "It's not surprising that eventually we would get drawn in more and more to terrorist activity because the world gets smaller, travel and computers make it so much more accessible. We don't have the protection geographically that we used to have.
   "And I don't think it's going to be an easy issue to deal with. Otherwise, Britain and Israel and all those other countries would have fixed it a long time ago. I think it's going to be a lot longer and more complicated than a lot of people seem to think."
   For more information about the drawing, call 474-2177.