Medium : Water Color Markers on illustration Board
Size 2' x 4'
Year completed : 1991
This illustration is part of a collection of artwork I did while in the military entitled, "The Army Years",
I served in the Army National Guard for 5 years, and the regular Army for 4 years.
One of the main reasons I got out of the military is because I didn't have much time to do my art work. While I was stationed in Germany I did a few poster, and banners for a German/ American Play house, and I was in a European art show.
This illustration was done during The Desert Shield / Desert Storm, during this war many soldier were afraid that are military equipment would fail to function do to the desert sand. While i was station in Germany, I attended a christian hospitality house, that ministered to military personnel, and their families. I knew and heard of soldiers who died or were wounded in the war,
we prayed for God's protection for those we knew were in harms way.
I believe the reason the casualties were low for the collision force is because God gave them a swift victory on the battle field. No one should think that it was just might , and smart bombs, Iraq had the 4th largest military in the world.
The bible teaches that God, causes the rise and the fall of nations.
Decoding the symbolism :
The " v " with lighting bolt shooting out of it =God giving the collision forces victory over the Iraq's military.
The large bold eagle with the arrows in it's right talon , and with it's left talon open to attack, = the U.S. attacking Iraq.
The banner mad up of the flag of the collision,tie to the eagles open talon=
The U.S. leading the collision nation in war against Iraq .
The necklace with the cross attached to it, around the eagle's neck =
God protect around the U.S. forces, result of intercessory prayer of Christians.
The flag of Iraq illustrated in the shape of the geological area mass of country, being shattered by the lighting = God judging Iraq, by giving the collision power to conquer Iraq, and occupy her land.
The land mass colored red at the bottom corner of Iraq = the country Kuwait , that Iraq invaded, that was the cause of the war.
Written by Stephen J. Vattimo
October 12, 2008