I finished a watercolor painting, that I have decided to share with everyone. It wasn't easy for me to share this artwork, because it's something very personal to me. When art comes from a deep place, it will often connect with others who have walked similar paths or have watched their loved ones struggle. This painting is an ode to military veterans who have trouble coping with what they have seen, their caregivers who watch them struggle, and to all those soldiers who have lost their lives in combat.
The red poppy flower holds a special significance in the military veteran community, and that is the reason why I chose to incorporate it into this watercolor. The soldier in the watercolor represents a man I called my best friend and my husband, for many years. He is a veteran that served as a 92M (mortuary affairs specialist) in the army for 14 years. I watched his daily struggle with PTSD and depression.
Doing this painting helped me process the guilt that I have been feeling.I just wanted to see him get through it. I couldn't understand why I was unable to help him be himself again, and be happy. It hurts to see someone we love struggling so much. I hope that in sharing this painting, others can connect with it, and understand that they are not alone.
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