Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Getting set to go
In about two weeks I'll be redeploying to Iraq. This will be my second trip to Iraq (third counting Operation Desert Storm). In May of this year I returned from a one month trip to Afghanistan. This was my second assignment to produce combat art of the Marines in Afghanistan. I initially deployed with my fellow Marines to Afghanistan during January of 2002. It is my hope to post to this blog my personal reflections on my experience along with photos of my combat art as its created.
My job as a Marine is to create art. My title is combat artist. The Marine Corps, while it makes it possible for me to travel to combat zones, does not dictate to me in any fashion what art I am to produce, either in content, or quantity. I literally have free reign over my activities and artwork. The resulting artwork is the property of the Marine Corps Combat Art Collection, which is a department with the Marine Corps Historical Division.
My experiences as a combat artist, and the art I've created has been the subject of numerous newspaper, television, radio and magazine articles. I had a one man show of my work at the Farnsworth Museum this past winter titled Fire and Ice: Marine Corps Combat Art from Afghanistan and Iraq
Here ia a sample of some of my previous combat art: