So recently I decided to do a series of paintings on the Iraq War and try to put a "human face" to it. All too often I see war paintings, not just the Iraq War, but I see paintings that reflect these "super human" and over "romantic" scenes of war. Undoubtedly these painters are just taking their compositions off of the masters where it was imperative to showcase the glory of their home country's victories in battle. I am not opposed to these painting but I do not feel that people get a "perversed sense of war."
In this new series of paintings I want to showcase a war that illustrates the simple things that are sometimes joyful - like getting a letter from home. Or that can intringue you, like how I witnessed a man yell at his wife over the phone in the media center. In a sense I want to show the war from a point of view that is often overlooked because it may not be news worthy.
In any case I am looking to hear from all of you and your opinions on this series of work! Thanks!