Title: ShitSandwich. These are the multiplicity of emotional reactions that I can feel in half of a second. Soldiers play through scenarios in combat speed. You are not given an opportunity to sit with emotions, you just execute.
I started painting and drawing near the end of high school and continued while I served in the military. During each of my deployments I kept a sketchbook and painted on canvas when I was stateside.
Coping through Art
My artwork is both an escape from mundane everyday life and a capture of feelings I have been suppressing. Art is like a fishing lure for me, whatever I cast out I use to discover and recover parts of myself. It’s a way a stranger can see a part of me they are not expecting, a part of me that is not socially sanctioned. It is the piece of me that has connections to the military and is an expression of the things I have seen and done. I don’t create art to make money or win me awards. But the greatest achievement I have made, is that my artwork operates as a line of communication with other soldiers and keeps me connected to them whether they are alive or dead. Art has added another layer of self-awareness and discovery of things I am capable of doing. It gives me control of aspects of my life and keeps me disciplined in ways that I lost after leaving the structured life of the military. My artwork is both an escape from mundane everyday life and a capture of feelings I have been suppressing.
This piece is for sale directly from the artist Price $200.00