The National Museum of the Marine Corps just decked its halls with all sorts of Christmas cheer last night and this morning, hanging garland all around and decorating several Christmas trees in Leatherneck Gallery.
Today I had the pleasure of helping transport and hang one of our best works from the Art Collection, a painting by WWII combat artist Cpl Tom Lovell of a Marine as Santa (we affectionately call it "the Christmas Lovell").
Here are Alice and Joan, of the Art and Exhibits sections, levelling the Lovell:
Here am I, confirming the level on the Lovell...
May your Christmas be merry, and your holiday season decorated with joy...
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