Commissioned by Oklahoma State Legislature
- Wilson made use of symbolism to depict Robert S. Kerr’s character including:
- The Black Angus bookend represents the breed of cattle Kerr loved and raised on his ranch.
- The Bible next to the bookend is filled with scraps of paper marking scriptures for inclusion in Kerr’s speeches.
- The pockets of Kerr’s suit appear to be full as Kerr was known to keep note pads, pencils, hand lotion, and lip balm in his pockets.
- Kerr wears his signature chambray shirt monogrammed with his initials. Kerr’s family lent the shirt to Wilson for the painting.
- Kerr’s tie is just a bit uneven, something typical of him and recognizable by those who knew him.
- The map of which Kerr stands before symbolizes his dream for the development of the Arkansas River and its tributaries.
- A replica of Kerr’s book, Land, Wood, and Water, adorns his tie. The book expounds on the abundant resources of our state.
- Upon Kerr’s death, he was referred to as “The Modern Father of Oklahoma,” and “The Uncrowned King of the Senate.” He is often thought to have been one of the nation’s most powerful senators because of his ability to make success happen.
- Kerr stood tall at six feet, four inches.