INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTISTS

“It was such an honor for me to paint the portraits of our fallen service men and women. I was able to paint about twenty portraits and I had goosebumps while doing the paintings because I was wondering all the while about who they were as a person, how their families must have felt upon learning of their passing, and what horrors they had been through. It made me despise wars all the more. These are our heroes. We owe them a lot. Painting their portraits is the least I could do to pay my respects and show them my gratitude. I am really thankful and I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity. This is my way of serving our country through my artwork. I know that by doing this, we will let the world know that America values the lives of our volunteer army.”
– Bjorn, a Fine Arts student from Yale University

“As an artist, I admit I am emotional so it was a very moving experience for me. I care so much about the subjects that I paint and seeing their faces and knowing what they sacrificed for our country just made me tear up. I did my best to paint their portraits because these are my humble gifts for their families. It was even more emotional when I finally saw the exhibit and all those portraits up there, made by my fellow artists, were both beautiful and sad at the same time. Each portrait represents the life of a fallen hero. They truly deserve to be commemorated this way. We were able to preserve their memory. Their bright faces tell us of their commitment to serve our country at whatever cost. I hope they are watching this from above. I want them to know how grateful we are for their service. It is a wonderful tribute and I am glad the organizers thought of this.”

– Casey Baugh, contemporary portrait artist