Working with the military has been one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my career as an artist. When I was a student at the art academy, I never would have imagined in a million years that I would one day be welcomed into the circles of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
But, there was one thing that bonded us and opened the doors so that I could begin to tell a miraculous story of humanity finding a way to heal from the massive post traumatic stress of preparing for war and war itself. That one thing is the sacred practice of yoga. The suicide rate among veterans is astronomical and I realized that the more I created strong, beautiful images of service members and veterans practicing, the more it would inspire people to find their way to a yoga class. In all honesty, I have met hundreds of veterans and active duty who have fallen in love with the practice of yoga, and their lives are flourishing because of it.
With my work, my intention is to take a great idea and focus on it — creating images that move people, that they will remember. Eventually, after enough people see and feel this reality over and over again, it becomes part of our reality. I am extremely pleased to share that the November / December issue of Yoga Journal features one of my images of a woman in uniform in an exquisite King Pigeon.
I have been so deeply moved and inspired by these men and women's selfless service. I consistently feel honored to be in the presence of human beings who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: giving their life, to help others. That is Seva.