Acrylic Warfare Acrylic Warfare Down But Not Out 30 x 40, Acrylic on Canvas. This one goes out to anyone that has ever been told they couldn?t do something. Too skinny to lift weights, too fat to keep up. ?You?ll never make it in the ___________industry.? I was told multiple times in high school that I was too nice or too small to join the Marine Corps and that I couldn?t handle it.(I was 140lbs in Senior year) I obviously chose not to listen to naysayers. One saying you always hear in the Marine Corps is ?Adapt and Overcome?. When you are faced with an obstacle that seems impossible, you sometimes need to step back and rethink how you will get through it (because you will). You should never worry about filling in anyone else?s shoes but your own and you already fill them in just fine! Recharge as much as you need to, I always have an outlet to share. 206104767 Always Faithful 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas It?s been almost one year since Sergeant Major Parisi took his life. Rest easy, Marine. I?ll see you on the other side someday. Buddy Check Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 @giveanhour is also a great resource to get help! 205986499 I Am Broken Too 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas I spent 14 years perfecting the craft of illusion, putting on a front so that nobody could see what was bothering me. A poker face. I chased people away until there was no one left but my worst enemy, myself. Before this project, I finally admitted that I was depressed. I wish I could say it was liberating but it just felt like I was on the beginning of another journey. Art has helped me process my feelings so I can start that dialogue even though I don?t want to. This past year and a half has been brutal and I reached an all time low. I will continue to fight. I encourage everyone else in my position to do the same. Is there a big mental health problem in our country? Absolutely. A lack of providers are only part of the problem. As a society, we need to remove the stigma against asking for help. Tell at least one person what is going on in your head. If I could travel back in time and talk to my 21 year old self, I would tell him that he isn?t alone. Remember, happiness is the goal. Happiness is Love and Love is the meaning of life. 205986496 Always Courageous 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas With Navy suicides at an all time high in 2018, I felt like starting 2019 with #alwayscourageous This was named after the Navy motto #SemperFortis and inspired by a painting I did for my best friend Collin. It was my interpretation on a LVAD (Heart pumping device). I will continue to make these to not only raise awareness of #veteransuicide but to also raise #organdonorawareness This heart has a lot of different symbols to represent different sections of the navy. It?s hard to get all of them on one heart, let me know which ones I missed. The Seals are on there, they?re just hidden. Can you find the trident? 205986498 The Midnight Farewell 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas. SOLD Aug 6th, 2005 was the day I lost my smile. Al Asad, Iraq. I volunteered for a mission. It was late at night, most of us were sleeping. No one knew what we were doing, we just assumed it was some mindless barracks chores. Being Motor Transport, we were instructed to go to Mortuary Affairs on base. An AAV unit of Fourteen Marines and One Iraqi interpreter was blown up during a mission by the Haditha Dam. I was to pick them up and bring them to the flight line so they could be shipped home. When I got there, I helped with the identification process. I?ve seen dead bodies before, but this was different. These men had the same uniform on as I did. These were fathers, sons, husbands and brothers to someone. These were people that gave the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for what they believe in. As I passed one Marine on the table, a small amount of excess fluid came out of the side of his eye like a tear. This small gesture summed up the feeling of the examination room. This is the room I will never forget. The room that took my smile. It is never too late to get help. Never give up fighting. The end result is happiness. Happiness is love and love is the reason for living. 205986497 Always Focused 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas No matter what branch of service -Air Force, Army, Marine Corps & Navy. #ptsd affects us all and Veteran suicide is very real. We are all on the same team. All brothers and sisters. Let?s work together to end veteran suicide. Buddy Check Veterans Crisis Line 1800-273-8255 @giveanhour is also a great resource to seek help 205986495 At Arms Length 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas Many of us come home from war and have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. We are expected to shed our anger, guilt and depression as if it were skin and step into a new body. Some adapt and overcome but some aren?t as fortunate. It is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide A DAY. Those are only the numbers that go reported. I believe it?s higher than that. In this painting ?At Arms Length? describes the contrast between military and civilian life. I chose to make the arm out of a turbine to represent the idea of ?fast living?. Any veteran with the personal struggle of keeping people an Arms Length away, this painting was made with you in mind. It?s never too late. Make the phone call, go for a walk, start saying yes to all and any opportunities. Do ANYTHING but stop fighting. You have so much to offer whether you believe it or not. I could?ve stayed on the couch 13 years ago and closed myself off to the world. I would?ve known exactly how my life would?ve ended. Instead, I made the choice to keep fighting. Rest In Peace to T. Parisi and the many brothers and sisters that have chose to go too early. To my fellow vets still here, LIVE in Peace. 205986501 Always Strong 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas 205986493 Birds Of Paradise 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas I wanted to challenge myself so I painted the cockpit of a C17 aircraft. It?s only fitting that I had one of my best friends and C17 pilot @international_cosmopolite name this piece! Thank you Ryan! High Flight Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings. Sunward I?ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov?ring there, I?ve chased the shouting wind along and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I?ve topped the windswept height with easy grace Where never park, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I?ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. -John Gillespie Magee Jr. 205986500 Suicidal Tendencies 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas There was a part of me that felt lost when I got out of the Marine Corps. It felt like once I took off the uniform, I was done changing the world. It wasn?t until I started my art journey that I not only learned more about myself but I realized I can still create a positive impact in the world. It?s important to remember who you are and to always look to the future. Always adapt and overcome. When you let depression get the best of you, you become part of the bedsheets. Keep fighting. Ask yourself how you recharge your batteries. Is it talking to people? Is it finding alone time? Petting horses? Creating art? Find out what it is and do lots of it. Cut your burdens in half. We are in an interesting time in our country. Lots of changes are coming which are exciting. We must come together as one and ignore those who want us divided. 205986551 The Prototype 30x40, Acrylic on Canvas This is the first piece from my new collection. I recently had a breakthrough from doing A.R.T. (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) and I?ve decided to make a whole collection out of my experience. This will be not only to tell my story, but to educate other vets and other trauma survivors of A.R.T. Therapy. The plan is to tour around the country with this show, I?ll keep everyone posted on developments. This is something I believe in whole-heartedly and believe this can help many others. All branches of military will be represented in this show. 205986494 Acrylic Warfare Logo Created by Christian Gabriel 205986514