Speed Painting Military Events
The last Monday in May of 2017 will mark the fourth year in a row that I’ve painted in Sugarland TX during their memorial day celebration. Four years ago when they first contacted me to do this event I had never painted anything associated with the military. I designed a painting of a soldier saluting with a flag in the background and the painting was very well received. As I paint the picture, starting with a black canvas, I write patriotic words all over the canvas and then the flag strips begin to fill up the canvas and leave an outline of the soldier in silhouette form.
Shortly after this event I was booked to paint at a veteran’s day fundraiser to do a live painting and then auction the artwork to raise money for wounded veterans. Since that time I’ve developed several more military paintings and helped to raise money at many different military events for a variety of causes. I see our military as guardians of the United States and I know that each of them has a guardian angel with them. That’s the inspiration behind my painting “Guardian” that depicts a soldier casting a shadow that looks like an angel.
It’s very rewarding to be able to use the talent that God gave me to inspire and help others. I don’t see where the money goes or the impact that it makes after the event but I know that it’s helping to improve and change lives. We all owe our men and women a debt of gratitude at the very least for what they’ve sacrificed and done for us. For me to be able to help monetarily is something that I’m very passionate about and want to continue to do for many years. It’s the least I can do for our heroes and I will do everything I can to make a positive impact in the lives of these brave men and women.