When I was 13, my Aunt took me on an adventure to the French countryside where her father fought in WWII. We retraced my grandfather's steps on D-Day as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. We knocked on Frenchmens' doors and met museum owners in order to find out the story of Keith Townsend Campbell (KTC) when his Parachute Infantry Battalion landed in Normandy.
My Grandfather went on to do great things in life, most notably raising 3 bad-ass daughters. So when we visited the American Cemetery in Coleville-sur-Mer, in a stoic letter from my grandfather, he challenged us "as we looked out among the gravestones, to remember the brave men who never had an opportunity to come home and have children or grandchildren." Well through my art, it's an honor to remember you, Grandpa. Pictured is our crew at the bridge across Le Merderet, close to St. Mere Eglise, that my grandfather fought for. My brother and my son are Keith's namesake (Townsend) and I will forever remember my trip with my Aunt and Cousin to Normandy (1995).
Screen printed imagery includes references to D-Day maps, my grandfather’s military claims papers, and Sainte-Mere-Eglise signage, the strategic town paratroopers took on D-Day.