Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken Smith, George Gray Award winner

Two women in operational dress uniforms and life vests stand on the bow of a Coast Guard response vessel, holding lengths of yellow rope attached to a bright orange ball. Their faces are steely-eyed in determination – they know the line they handle is a lifeline for someone in distress; a connection, a hope for survival.

It is this image Coast Guard painter Ken Smith captured that earned him the 2017 George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence. His “Lifeline” painting was inspired by his time spent with crew members from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle in Beaufort, North Carolina, last summer.


101-year-old Coast Guard WWII vet, award-winning artist celebrated

If any artist could stir intense feelings with his creations, it would have been Marshall W. Perrow. Sacrifice, dedication, legacy. Perrow was a Coast Guard World War II veteran who lived to be 101 years old and poured his passion into his paintings throughout his life.


100 Faces of War: DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

100 names. 100 faces. 100 Americans who fought for freedom. So began Matt Mitchell’s journey to paint a portrait of 100 Americans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. From the commander of a rifle company to an Army cavalry scout, […]