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Fine art portrait in graphite on bond paper.
I chose to use graphite because I felt it was the strongest and the lightest medium today for me fitting for the mood and the emotions I felt for this soldier. Her story is one I admired so much and her life was so fleeting and so ephemeral.
I felt that graphite was the only medium to express my emotions of a short life but of a life of strength I presume from what I have learned of her-softness.
I used graphite to express my own interpretation of how a person can be both strong and soft.
Both strong and soft…
…is how I felt at the time I learned of Specialist Faith R. Hinkley
…is how I felt she was as a person and as a soldier
…is how I felt when I learned she was only 23 years old when she died in combat on August 07, 2010 during Operation Iraqi Freedom
My portrait today is a concept drawing and is a heartfelt drawing to you, the viewer, I feel that this soldier in our war was strong, solid, powerful, historical, memorable, meaningful, strong and soft to the degree that it is important to be in order to make a legacy for oneself and others for lasting change in our world.
I carefully learned all that I could of her duty and her service in her short life which intrigued me and she made me so proud of her even though I never knew her.
My inspiration for my portrait today of a female soldier killed in combat who died Aug. 7, 2010 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq.
My heart and my prayers and my thoughts go out to her family, her friends, and all who knew and loved her.
She was a person who served her country, a person who sacrificed side by side her fellow soldiers. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and she also was assigned to the 502 Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Tacoma, Washington State.
video created by friends of Faith dedicated to her memory
SGT Hinkley as she arrived home