Sitting in Virginia Beach classroom as a new Navy recruit, I watched as both Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon be attacked on 9/11/2001. Many people remember where they were that day, the emotions that they felt and the fear of what is to come next. It’s been over 20 years now, as I write this, and I’m in disbelief that it’s been so long. Much has changed through-out the world, our generation has been shaped with our remembrance and the first responders and military branches will always be united with our common desire to defend our nation.
The painting you see here, was an entry into an art contest that represented first responders and military as still standing united after 20 years. “Always Defend” is an oil painting on canvas and is currently residing in the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. She was one of the top 5 finalist out of 140 applicants, including 2D art and Poems. She was printed on thousands of postcards and sent out the veterans, active duty and first responders throughout the United States. I am so very proud and honored to have been a finalist and to show the strength that all of us share 20 years after 9/11.
Prints are available of this painting, please contact me for more information.
If you’re ever in Chicago, give her a glance and a long look at the other fantastic and emotional art that resides in that museum. Many Veterans and Active-duty members use art as a form of solitude, anxiety suppressant and a way to express our happiness, fear and togetherness.
Please check out and honor the art of many at this museum, many of the works can be viewed online at http://www.nvam.org .
You can also find volunteer opportunities at http://www.Challengeamerica.com
Veterans can link their art abilities with classes, events and competitions at http://www.cavarts.org.