Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fellow War Artist Back in Afghanistan

My good friend and fellow war artist, Richard Johnson, is back in Afghanistan doing war art for Canada's National Post newspaper. I was going to travel with him, but my wife Janis got word she'll be deploying to Afghanistan. Her mobilization starts in early May, so my trip had to take a back seat. Please check out Richard's work at his Kandahar Journal blog.

Janis is a sergeant first class in the Virginia National Guard. Her area of military expertise is civil affairs. I've met with her combat brigade's deputy commander and their public affairs' officer, and as a result I'm looking forward to embedding with them at least twice once they're in country. Their 116th Combat Brigade will be a joint command, with American, Australian, Romanian and Afghan forces.

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Joe Bonham Project

A couple weeks ago I had a series of three pieces about wounded warriors published on the New York Times' Opinionator website. The series garnered attention from the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper and Fox News. Another result of this exposure is the interest fellow artists have in honoring our service members with their art. The result is something we're calling the Joe Bonham Project. Rather than explain where the name comes from, I invite you to click on the link and stop by our blog and read for yourself. Thanks.