Sunday, June 09, 2013

Been Awhile

It's been quite awhile since I've posted.  Last summer I finished my MFA in Illustration with the University of Hartford.  Since that time I've been very busy with a series of exhibitions and academic symposiums centered on The Joe Bonham Project.   The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation recognized my New York Times' Still in the Fight series with their annual Colonel Robert D. Heinl, Jr. Award for feature writing.

This past month I finished a series of paintings for the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  They are drawn from my last sojourn in Afghanistan in May of 2010.
 Laying Out a Patrol Base, Nawa District, 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment, acrylic on canvas
 Counter Sniper Fire, Patrol Base Karma, 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marine Regiment, acrylic on canvas
 Major Robert Ferrell, CO of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment, acrylic on canvas
 In the Shadow of the Poppy Harvest, acrylic on canvas
Setting Stakes for the Barbed Wire, acrylic on canvas

My next two ventures are creative, but quite different.  I'm designing rustic hickory twig furniture for a major catalog company here in Virginia.  If all goes well, they'll be featuring the pieces in their Spring 2014 catalog.
 This is I bed I made back in the mid-'80s that showed up in Elle Decor Magazine in May of 2010
Here's two views of a rather large bentwood hickory chair.

Finally, I was asked by the Corcoran College of Art and Design to develop a course based on my experience as a reportage artist.  They are calling it "Witness Art."  I will be adjunct faculty at this Washington, DC fine arts school starting this fall.

Monday, August 20, 2012

MFA Exhibit at the University of Hartford

On July 20, 2012, after two years, I received a Masters of Fine Art in Illustration from the University of Hartford.  My thesis project is a historical novella titled The Boy Who Drew Soldiers.  Set primarily in the British sector of the Western Front in WWI France, it's a coming-of-age story tailored for the middle-school reader.  Students in the 8-12 year old age group are cognitively working their way through a stage pioneering French educational psychologist Jean Piaget called "concrete operations."  During this developmental period we start to develop empathy.  The underlying theme of The Boy Who Drew Soldiers, is empathy.

Here are pictures of my MFA show at the University of Hartford's Joseloff Gallery.

Monday, August 06, 2012

National Endowment for the Arts Magazine

Hey everyone, it's been awhile.  For the past 2 years, in addition to The Joe Bonham Project, I've been heavily invested in finishing a MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford and teaching as an adjunct professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting and Printmaking Department.  On July 20th I earned my MFA.  I'll post my thesis in sections over the next coming weeks.

In other news, I am featured in this quarter's newly released issue of the National Endowment for the Arts Magazine.

Seeing is Believing

War through the Eyes of a Combat Artist

Friday, May 25, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

One of my fellow artists in The Joe Bonham Project, Rob Bates, has curated a show for us at the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus.  The show will officially open on May 22 from 4:30 to 6 PM at UNCC's Student Union Gallery. You can read a nice article in the Charlotte Examiner penned by Catherine Lash.

Rob Bates

                                                                        Victor Juhasz

                                                                         Jeffrey Fisher
                                                                       Michael D. Fay

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Joe Bonham Project Exhibition

Announcing "The Joe Bonham Project," An Exhibition Curated by James Panero

PaneroadThe Joe Bonham Project
an exhibition curated by James Panero

featuring portraits of injured US service personnel by members of the International Society of War Artists and the Society of Illustrators

SEPTEMBER 1-18, 2011

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 1, 6-9PM

BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN – Storefront (16 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn) is pleased to announce the final installment of its ambitious summer exhibition schedule featuring THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT, an exhibition organized by guest curator James Panero. Post 9/11, the exhibition brings together the work of wartime illustrators featuring portraits of injured US service personnel by members of the International Society of War Artists and the Society of Illustrators. These works are documentative, accurate, and gripping, yet offer a sensitivity and awareness to the causalities and sacrifice of war.

Artists featured in Panero’s selection include: Lance Corporal Robert Bates, USMC; Peter Buotte; CWO2 Michael D. Fay, USMC (retired); Jeffrey Fisher; Roman Genn; Bill Harris; Richard Johnson; and Victor Juhasz.

The show opens with a reception, Thursday, September 1, 6-9PM and will be on view through September 18. For more information, contact Jason Andrew at 646-361-8512 or visit

THE JOE BONHAM PROJECT represents the efforts of wartime illustrators to document the struggles of U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic front-line injury. Formed in early 2011 by Michael D. Fay, the Project takes its name from the central character in Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo’s 1938 novel of a World War I soldier unable to communicate with the outside world due to the extent of his wounds. Scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, the exhibition will mark the silent sacrifices of American soldiers in the ensuing decade-long conflict.

James Panero is Managing Editor and art critic at The New Criterion and writes about art and culture for several publications. This is his first curated exhibition.


STOREFRONT was started by Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown. It is Bushwick’s leading gallery presenting both emerging young talent and established historically significant artists. Its exhibition program has been the featured in ARTNET MAGAZINE, THE CITYist, TIME OUT NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, NEW YORK PRESS, NEW YORK POST, THE NEW CRITERION, L MAGAZINE, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, THE NEW YORK TIMES, WNYC, and written about locally including BUSHWICKBK, GREENPOINT GAZETTE, WILLIAMSBURG GREENPOINT NEWS + ARTS.

HOURS: Weekends 1:00-6:00PM or by appointment 646-361-8512 .

DIRECTIONS: L train to Brooklyn. Morgan Avenue stop. Walk four blocks on Morgan to Flushing Avenue. Cross Flushing Avenue to Wilson Avenue. The gallery is located between Noll and George Streets.



Lance Cpl. Tyler Huffman by Richard Johnson


Sgt Jason Ross by Victor Juhasz


Sgt Than Naign by Robert Bates


Cpl Matthew Bowman by Robert Bates


Lance Cpl. Tyler Huffman by Michael D. Fay