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The Veterans Educational Historic Project is being administered through a partnering arrangement with the Initiative Foundation, a charitable nonprofit Foundation with headquarters in Little Falls, MN.

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Marine Corps painting to be unveiled on Saturday, May 26th at 2:30 PM at the Committal Hall.

The painting on its last day in the studio before its departure to Duluth, MN

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The painting through the year…

With just a few months until the unveiling on May 26th, the painting has a come a long way, as evidenced here:

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Mille Lacs Band Member and Marine Corps Veteran Quintin Sam 

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Marine Corps Veteran Quintin Sam, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe


Early November and in the studio  modeling quite a bit is Quintin Sam (left), Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Marine Corps Veteran.  He’s not only representing the Marines, he is also representing the Native American population of enlisted service men and women. Read his story here  to learn more about Sam and his role in the painting.

Farewell Colonel St. Sauver

Today at Camp Ripley Colonel Scott St. Sauver was honored as he retired as Garrison Commander, a post he held for 7 years. He retires after 37 years with the National Guard. The project is grateful for his belief in, and support over the years. On his last day, the Marine Corps painting looks like this, with blue sky. Finally some paint on the canvas!

The past six months in the studio

Early August provides a good retrospective of the painting to date. The nine images below are from March through early August, and detail the “sepia” drawing that sets the foundation for painting.

Major Holly Zabinski, Aviator and Staff Sgt. Cory Engen (Ret.), two of the models in the Marine Corps painting spent some time in the studio sharing their stories.

Memorial Day…Marine Corps painting takes shape

Memorial Day at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery is emotional and inspiring. Each year since this project began, I have had the honor of being present. The Cemetery itself is a calming, beautiful place, and well-tended by the Cemetery staff. It’s touching to witness the friends and family who visit the gravesites of their loved ones, and one cannot help but be inspired by the many proud Veterans who reflect strength and pride. People of all ages spend time looking at the paintings, and ask me questions about them. But I am aware that the paintings reflect the stories of the men and women of each branch of the U. S. Military, and honor them. The Saint Cloud Times covered the Monument  READ STORY HERE,  which provides an excellent update of the status of the Monument.

The time is here for the Marine Corps painting!

A cold December made for a tricky time getting the 8 X 10 foot canvas from the Cemetery to the studio, but it’s in and done. I’ve begun the to get the initial sketches up, including Mount Suribachi, Chapultepec and an F-100 Supersabre and the shores of Tripoli.

Color studies and character sketches for this painting will appear here as they are completed.
Read the Artist’s Notes describing this painting.

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