US Naval Academy Wind Quintet

Naval Academy Wind Quintet – Pentel Brush Pen and White Charcoal pencil on Toned Paper 11″x14″

From left to right: MUC Dembowski, MUCM Hanner, MU1 Morton, MU1 Madsen, MUC Valerio

In December while working on a visual journalism project, I had the chance to sit down at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and listen to the US Naval Academy Wind Quintet perform for the families and service members who were there for their various appointments.  I sat down and took advantage of the the scene and took a little time to draw as I listened to the holiday themed music.  When I finished drawing I introduced myself and shared the drawing with them, getting their names and even the email of one of the members to send a virtual copy their way.

Fast forward a few months to just around a week ago, I was contacted by the band asking if they could get a print of the drawing for one of their members who was retiring.  Typically the retiree is given a photo that they all sign, but instead they wanted to get my artwork as a their parting gift.

I’m honored that I get to be a part of capping off a service members career.  Congrats to MUCM David Hanner on a well deserved retirement, best of luck in your future endeavors!

Walter Reed – Collected Images

Recently I spent a few days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as the start of what I hope will be a continuing project.  I’m going to be continually profiling the military life through images and possibly even start doing some casual interviews/talks with people.  The idea here is to give a behind the scenes look at a place many don’t get to see and show it through my own eyes and hands. Continue reading

Inner Harbor and the Random Inspirations

A cold windy day at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore isn’t exactly my idea of a good time.  But when you have to make due with a crappy situation, you find inspiration (and warmth!) where you can.  In the case of a couple weeks back, Barnes and Noble gave the necessary warmth and coffee fix our splinter sketch group needed early in the day.

The result was a brief glimpse at mundane life.  I’m finding that book shelves and areas with a lot of them can make for some really effective background devices.  They’re not particularly hard to capture the feel of in a short amount of time either.

Not wanting to fight the cold, a couple of us headed up into the Baltimore World Trade to the observation deck.  It’s useful to find a new way to see an area, especially one as well traveled as the Inner Harbor.  This was our fourth or so trip to the area in a different context, and it was beginning to feel a little stale.  Getting up above it all helped me to find things I wanted to represent and the warmth to see it through.

The submarine and the last image came from our time up on the observation deck.  If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, there are a lot of artifacts/ruined pieces from the attacks on 9/11.  These have particularly profound impact on me each time I pass them as they represent a large chunk of my adult life that has been directly affected by that single day.  I found the wall you see in the image above on the observation deck amongst a few more pieces of broken stone and metal on display.  It shows a collection of portraits of people killed in the attacks that called Maryland home.