War Artists


“Raid Outside of Yusifiyah” by Michael Fay

For my current Modern Mystic series, I do lots of research about portraiture, with a special interest in unique portraiture, whether unique in method or subject. My own subjects are representatives of freedom, revelry, and unity.

So reading about this other type of artist sort of blew my mind (wow, sorry, awful pun): the War Artist. The antonym to my free-spirits, the subjects are heavily weighed down with duty, anxiety, and danger.

But their burden is to protect those very freedoms my subjects enjoy and employ for their evolution, so all these humans are interconnected, despite the large swing the life-choice pendulum takes to swoop from these extremes.

Read the NYT article “With Sketchpads and Guns, Semper Fi,” here.

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