War Dogs: Helicopter Rappelling

Kathleen English-Barrett's avatar Kathleen English-Barrett

This painting is done on several pieces of hardboard panel, fit tightly together in a fractured pattern to form the design pattern of broken glass. This broken glass adds to the sense of mortal danger to the soldiers, human and canine. The piece is meant to be hung between 3 and 4 feet off the ground, so that the first thing the viewer sees is the bottom of the rope. Looking up the almost life-size soldier and dog are seen rappelling from the bottom of a helicopter. I became interested in 'war dogs' after reading about them and I am hoping my work might bring awareness to their work and history. The attached photo is roughly what the final piece should look like, along with an idea of scale. The painting will be more detailed and turned slightly to the 3/4 view, as this was a rough, sketched out painting. Other examples of my works will show my style of painting, which can be expected with this final piece.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: Oil on Panel
  • Width: 5'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 11'