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Here is a new painting I created for a fan of my artwork for her husband’s birthday later this month. Sgt. Fred Fattore was a soldier with the Black Scarves battalion of the famous “Big Red One” during the Vietnam War. I was told that he and his brothers-in-arms will be getting together for their battalion’s reunion, so it will give his comrades the opportunity to view the painting as well. On 30 April 1966 in a sweep through the village of Lo Go, the 1st Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting and it was during this time that a large quantity of black cloth was captured. This cloth was used by the Viet Cong to make their “Black Pajama” uniforms. At the direction of battalion commander, LTC Richard Prillaman, this cloth was made into scarves to be worn by the battalion’s soldiers. LTC Prillaman wanted to be able to distinguish his battalion from other division soldiers and to provide the soldiers with something more appropriate than the towels the men were wearing around their necks. It is from this that the battalion has as its nickname “Black Scarves”. The printing on the scarves was a different color for each company: HHC, yellow, Company A, red, Company B, white, Company C, blue and Company D, green.

Click the link below to the Personalized Art section of my fine art website to view the collection of commissioned illustrations and paintings I have created.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Personalized Art

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Over the past couple of months I have been creating new digital graphics and paintings. As a result, many people who have come across my work since that time have been requesting personalized digital paintings for their home. I could not have timed it any better as it merged right in with the Christmas holiday shopping season. Personally, I felt like there was a decline of interest in the pen & ink illustrations and I needed something to reinvigorate me both from an artistic and a financial standpoint. Everything has its time and place and I feel blessed to have stumbled upon this art form. The digital art makes the art come alive with the vivid arrangement of colors and there is that personal connection that makes each piece unique in and of itself.

Featured here is my latest digital painting for the family of a Vietnam veteran who passed away two weeks ago from a lifelong battle from the effects of Agent Orange. The veteran’s name was Jim and he was a devoted father, husband and die-hard Steelers fan, especially the football players of the 70’s & the famed Steel Curtain defense. Jim was an elite veteran of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles and served in Vietnam from 1969-71. His family wanted me to create this digital painting to pass onto their children for them to cherish the memory of their father. Using my talents, I was able to incorporate the things which they were interested in adding to the piece. I was able to filter in an American flag into the wall itself while keeping the names of the veterans intact. The Screaming Eagles is emblazoned into the wall along with a portrait of Jim as the centerpiece and focal point. To the right are the members of the Steelers ‘Steel Curtain’ defense. The underlying symbolism is that they are both veterans of the battlefield and the gridiron. Usually when people visit the Vietnam Wall they leave mementos behind of a loved one, whether it is a flower or personal artifact and each are collected at the end of the day and stored in a military warehouse. I felt that the rifle lodged into the military boots was a befitting symbol and signifies the end of this soldier’s tour of duty as he joins his brothers in arms.

Click the link below to the Personalized Art section of my fine art website to view the collection of commissioned illustrations and paintings I have created.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Personalized Art

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