Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Soldiers in the Family
This post is here to pay
honour and respect to those who served in the military in the past,
present, and future.
We have all been
affected by war. Either we have lost someone or we have friends who
lost someone. We have family members, friends, and neighbours who
have served in the military to protect us.
Earlier this year I
became interested in making ATC's (artist trading cards). The
first theme I worked on is shown here. I used images of toy
soldiers with flags in the background. I enjoyed experimenting with
different media such as coloured pencil, markers, and acrylic paint.
See ATC Fun and ATC Fun: Blue Moon
I come from a military
background. Here is a list of those in my family that I know served in the military.
(I am sure I will omit someone, but not deliberately.)
Father, Rodney – U.S. Air Force, retired 21 years, aircraft mechanic went to Vietnam seven times.
First husband, Bill
(father of my children) – U.S. Air Force several years
Son, James –
several years in U.S. Air Force
Brother, Steven –
U.S. Navy, several years
Nephew, Josef –
U.S. Army Reserves – still active, was one of first troops in
Uncle, Gordon –
retired U.S. Marines, now gone
Grandfather, Jess – U.S. Army, served in France WW1
Grandfather, George –
Canadian Expeditionary Force WW1, details unknown but said to have
suffered damage from mustard gas
Second cousin Bill
Music – U.S. Army, WW2 died Battle of Iwo Jima. I never knew him but I
have photocopies of the telegrams sent to the family. I can only
imagine the heartache.
Great Uncle, Ernest - U.S. Army WW2, Survived combat in The Battle of the Bulge and other battles in Europe.
Cousin, Jess - U.S. Navy
There are other
cousins and relatives not listed here (I come from a large family).
I also have many friends who are veterans or have relatives who served. I consider you family here.
For your sacrifice
of service and life... I thank you!