Art honors Navy corpsmen
By Linda McIntosh
UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER
July 10, 2004
CAMP PENDLETON – The unveiling of a new painting by Todd Krasovetz brought awe to a crowd celebrating the 106th birthday of the Navy hospital corps.
The work, called “The New American Pride,” honors corpsmen, Marines and sailors, especially those wounded in Iraq and those who rescued them on the battlefield.
“Todd has a knack for capturing the essence of what we do as corpsmen,” said Raphael Sanchez, command master chief at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
The 4 1/2-foot-by-5-foot oil painting will hang at the hospital where casualties are brought in.
“When they are wheeled in, I want them to have a new sense of pride,” Krasovetz said.
The painting has four spot illustrations that flank images of the Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers.
“It’s a collage of what happened since 9/11,” Krasovetz said. “It’s about freedom and pride and the reasons we’re doing what we are about terrorism.”
In the foreground is the American bald eagle with its wings wrapped protectively around two service members.
Surrounding images show the bond between Navy hospital corpsmen and Marines, a bond that Krasovetz knows well from his brother, a hospital corpsmen.
“The painting symbolizes that we’re there to help,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Krasovetz.
One image shows a corpsman pulling a wounded Marine to safety, which comes from Todd Krasovetz’s earlier work, “Wings of Hope,” also hanging at the hospital.
Another shows a corpsman carrying a wounded Marine, much like Krasovetz’s “Savior in a Storm,” painted in honor of a fallen hospital corpsman.
But unlike the original, where the corpsman’s eyes are hidden behind goggles in a sandstorm, this painting reveals them.
“You can see the struggle in the corpsman’s eyes,” Krasovetz said.
There are also images of the Twin Towers at night and a eagle flying with two snakes in its claws.
“The snakes represent the evils of terrorism and the ongoing struggle to get a grasp on it,” Krasovetz said.
“The painting grabs your attention and talks to you,” Sanchez said.
“You look at it and see certain things come out. Then you take a second look, and a whole bunch of other things come out.”
The 33-year-old artist has been painting professionally for 17 years and started working with military themes after he received a commission to create a painting for Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in 2001.
“I want to honor all those serving the country,” he said, “including my brother, who is being deployed.”
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