War Stories began with the depiction of the emotional part of war memories of old people in Nebraska and Germany and of young people in Chicago, with emphasis on World Wars I and II and the Iraq War. Some of the works are made in an idiosyncratic intentionally-childlike style so that the difficult stories are not too horrible to look at. The series has evolved to include reports of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, and fittingly, the work has become more complex as have the stories.
Escape Thru Russia
Pencil, Watercolor and Collage on Paper
20" X 12.5"
A translator for the US Army needed to escape Afghanistan. He paid $1,000 to be transported in a closed van through Russia. His family had no money left to send his brother out.