Part of My Story
This catalyst for this piece was an art show with the grand prize of winning art supplies. At the time I was taking pre-requisite courses in the pursuit of art therapy. The theme of the show was footwear. I wanted to depict the polarity between regiment and laissez faire. This painting is meant to capture visually my then and now.
Honor and Sorrow
“Honor and Sorrow,” represents how I’ve felt/feel about my deployments. I needed to make the piece without a face and genderless, because the effects of war aren’t bias. The textures underneath represent the internal struggle.
The figure doesn’t have legs to represent the hard truth limbs are lost, and for the internal immobility often felt.
The Tie That Binds
I view issued dog tags as the tie that binds, because it makes no difference the branch of service, what military occupational specialty, gender, or time frame one has served. This is a fun small piece that I painted with the use of royal colors of gold and purple. The blue and red on the one tag is to honor the military member.
Part of My History - Night
The Few The Proud is a way of life in the Corps. As is our motto ‘Semper Fidelis.' I often joke, but it is true, that it isn’t difficult finding a gift for a Marine. Anything with an Eagle, Globe and Anchor or our Iwo Jima Memorial will do. I wanted to capture an angle that was interesting with a color scheme that was intense, regal, and full of movement.
Thank You, Sir
This was a gift given to an officer I respected and learned so much from. The use of watercolor is significant, because it was from a travel set given to me in 1996, which traveled with me on deployments, but never used.
Part of My Story Revisited
“Part of My Story Revisited” is my first painting with Valor by my side. It is painted as a gift for a woman who has given so much to me and others who’ve been issued military boots. I am grateful this is the piece she connected with the most, because it has allowed me to revisit an older piece as a newer artist.