(KUTV) — Painter and Utah resident, Jon McNaughton, seems to always captive the public's attention with his art and his recent piece is no different.
In a painting he calls, "National Emergency," McNaughton puts the spotlight on the immigration issue that has dominated divisive partisanship in the United States government.
President Donald Trump is the focus in the painting, standing with his head bowed in a field near the United States border. He's wearing a presidential bomber jacket and looking down at a doll, "left behind by a little girl forced to make the dangerous journey," the McNaughton website states.
In the nearby background, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama are standing on the U.S. Flag while holding the flags of Mexico, China, Europe and other countries.
McNaughton told 2News what inspired him to paint the rendering was his belief that people in Congress are not fulfilling their constitutional duties, when they took the oath of office, to protect the states from invasion.
I feel like they are looking at their own special interests that keep them in office and donations to their campaigns because it makes no sense not to allow Trump to build that wall. It's completely a political situation so I thought about how can I represent that and that's where the idea for the painting came from.
McNaughton further explained on his website:
In my new painting, the Democrat establishment declares victory against President Trump as he announces a national emergency to secure the border. They proudly hold the flags they represent and cherish. Our politicians have become traitors to this country, in most cases they are more loyal to whichever country, lobbyist, corporation, or special interest group that will keep them in office and line their bank accounts. I’m sick of how they trample our flag and do not seek America’s interests first.
In the far distance of the painting is depictions of multitudes of people crossing the border. McNaughton states on his site:
Every year hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals march to our southern border and cross into our country. Who are they? What right do they have to come here?
To read McNaughton's full narrative about the painting, click here.
Last year, a painting of McNaughton's went viral of Trump clutching the U.S. Flag on a football field.
He told 2News then that he is accustomed to criticism for his artwork. He said:
I paint a lot of provocative images that invoke a lot of emotion so it doesn't bother me.
Click above to the photo gallery to see some of McNaughton's political artwork, courtesy of his website.