My youngest sister, Sharon, is an Air Force Veteran, she is the 6th veteran for me to paint. She came to Chicago recently for a visit from her sunny home in Hastings, Florida. We enjoyed our time together and shared old family stories. She also shared her story about her time in the Air Force while stationed in the Phillipines during the Phillipino civil war in the early 1980's. We spent a day in my stuio while she sat for this portrait. I am very pleased with the progress on this piece, and found it to be the most rewarding of all of the portraits I've painted so far.
The next veteran I will paint is Phil. He is a Vietnam veteran and he too has stories, and memories of his war experience. Phil visited my studio two weeks ago, so I have a good start on capturing his character on canvas. I'll post his painting as it progresses.