This painting was another attempt to practice color theory and learn to paint realistic waves. When that was not working, I continued to have fun creating strokes with a variety of colors, trying to add balance throughout the piece, and manipulating the paint to create the clouds and the ships.
I have been in the Navy for ten years. I grew up drawing and creating other two dimensional visual art. I reconnected with art via art therapy at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed in 2015 and have continued to practice and grow as an artist, specifically drawing and painting.
COPING THROUGH ART
Art has helped me feel more human and less like the freak I feel we are considered with the stigmas cast upon us as veterans. Art also reminded me that I can do something productive and meaningful with my time other than work out, shoot, and other things solely to train for war. It is also something I have been able to do no matter how hindered I am by my injuries and illnesses.