Born: Oceanside, New York, 1948 Served in Vietnam, U.S. Army 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Cu Chi, Tay Ninh Province Mud, Rifleman, 1969-70
From the Artist: From a letter, ca. 1983:
Our home base sat at the foot of the only mountain range for about a hundred miles. It consisted of two mountains: Nui Ba Den and Nui Ba Ra.
These paintings are from a diary that was written in my brain and in the brains of thousands of others, on a daily basis, in Vietnam. Some of the situations did happen to me; others were bad dreams, fear of what might happen, hallucinations; images that seemed to appear out of nowhere, for no reason.
It is through painting that Vietnam is now giving me and many others a new life. It is through art that we fight back, and it is through the eyes and hands of veterans that the truth is told.