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This painting project focuses on very ordinary people who do something extraordinary by volunteering to serve in Afghanistan.
50 backers pledged $4,630 to help bring this project to life.

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My site: PaintingToAfghanistan.com ________________________________________________________________

My project focuses a 10 painting series about reservist soldiers who leave their jobs, school and families to serve a tour in Afghanistan. This is not a cometary on war or the west's involvement in Afghanistan. Its about documenting how these volunteers are trying to make a difference , about how they are affecting the Afghans and about how they deal with the strife and loss that is always just around the corner in a country gripped by war. Its my intent to capture them in their element, to provide context to their stories and give meaning to my own contribution as an artist.

As a former soldier, I have a lot of friends who come back home and they've been very kind to share with me their stories and photos. As much as I've been able to use some of these to get me started, what I really need is first hand experience in country: I need to capture (via film) the subjects and create enough material to then finish my painting series. The money raised by KickStarter will be used to transport me to Afghanistan, secure equipment and the documentation gear needed to fulfill the project.



The culmination of the project is a dedicated art show where 10 large paintings, numerous preliminary sketches and water-color work-ups will be presented. These preliminary sketches, paintings and some custom, vintage, luggage stickers (based on the finished piece, 'Going Away') will be given out to everybody who pledges. And remember, your backing only kicks in when I've met my goals so please share this with your friends and family.

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    Invite to the show, recognition as a contributor and a vintage luggage sticker (reproductions based on the painting 'Going Away')

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    Invite to the show, recognition as a contributor, a vintage luggage sticker and a signed, high-quality print of a finished piece

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    Invite to the show, recognition as a contributor, a vintage luggage sticker and an ORIGINAL sketch/watercolor from my Afghanistan sketchbook (like the ones to the left)

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    Invite to the show, recognition as a contributor, a vintage luggage sticker AND I'll paint a picture of your soldier. That's right, you send me a photo and I'll paint your loved-one in uniform (past or present) on to a 4x6" canvas.

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    Invite to the show, recognition as a contributor, a vintage luggage sticker and an original 4"x6", finished painting from the show (like the one on the left)

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    Invite to the show, recognition as a contributor, a vintage luggage sticker and one of the final 22"x42 paintings from the show (only 10 made)

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