2011-2012: Service and What Remains
I’ve talked to many families who know someone who has served. Most commonly, they will say “He/she doesn’t want to talk about it.” I experienced this myself. I bottled up all my pain. I drank excessively and broke down while huddled in the corner of the room. Being around other veterans and being given a way to express all those emotions released a wave of ununified art. I began learning all these different methods to express myself and the passion I poured into these works healed me. Now, my art has become more about why we sacrifice our lives rather than the pain endured while in service. I still find it difficult to talk directly about my time in the military; however, my art has given me a voice. Art gives us all a way to communicate either with or without words. I am glad to have found my voice. I only hope I can now use it to inspire other veterans to find theirs as well.