I've been painting in small format lately, to maximize my time v. production ratio, and also because small can be better sometimes for "viewing fun".
Two oil sketches are shown here-- both depict men-at-arms seated, but with altogether different expressions.
One image is of an Afghan National Police man sitting, smiling (he was greeting a Marine patrol as it returned to the Police station near Garmsir).
The other image is of a Marine sitting, exhaused, after some good, hard live-fire training in the heat of the Mojave Desert.
I enjoyed creating both paintings, as they show emotion, and the format allowed me to be expressive with the paint application, working quickly and wet-on-wet to achieve a bit of intensity in the form, to accent the emotion of the subject.
I am a fine artist and illustrator in the Classical Realist school, inspired by the masters of art history as I sketch and paint the world around me.
Recently I served as a Combat Artist in the US Marine Corps, from September 2006 till March 2014.
Though now once again in civilian garb, I continue to endeavor to uphold the traditions and standards of Marine Combat Art. The uniform may have changed, but the artist's fight remains the same.
"The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
― Steven Pressfield