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My Art Monday: In Honour of Veteran’s Day

Posted Monday, November 10th, 2014

Ok, so I know that Veteran’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, but this is a M/W/F posting week and I really wanted to do something in honour of Veteran’s Day, and one veteran in particular: my grandfather, Franklin Bramwell Hepworth.

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

This painting is from 2008 and was my final project in Painting I. When we were told that the topic of our final would be completely up to us, I knew pretty much from the start of the semester what I wanted my final to be about: my grandfather who had just gone to be with the Lord in early August of that year.

[The painting measures at 30×40 inches.]

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

My grandfather served in the Army during World War II. He was a lieutenant in charge of a tank platoon. Ironically, he was also claustrophobic so that meant he had to ride with his head outside of the tank which is partly how he was awarded the Purple Heart (he actually received a Purple Heart with two oak clusters, which I was told signifies three injuries and is the equivalent of three Purple Hearts.) I don’t completely remember what the other two injuries were, but the one I do remember hearing about was directly related to his riding with his head outside the tank and a clear testament to the Lord’s protection: a 50 caliber bullet went past the side of his head and popped the eye on that side out of its socket and left it dangling; he picked it back up, shoved it back in his head, and despite the doctors saying he’d no longer have sight in that eye it was his best eye for many, many years. My grandfather’s tank platoon was also present for and actively involved in the liberation of Anne Frank’s prison camp, and on D-Day during the storming of Normandy, he and his tanks were shelling encampments from behind enemy lines to draw fire away from the troops landing on the beach.

In addition to the Purple Heart, he also received the Silver Star and a couple of other pins for his service during WWII and occupation of Europe after the war.

[The portrait miniature is just 2.5×6.5 inches.]

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

He loved flowers, and for a time, also worked as a florist……..

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

….. as well as a teacher. In fact, on the the gentlemen that used to go to my church was actually one of his students! (Lol, such a small world at times.)

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

He was also a pastor for many, many years….

[The landscape on the wall behind the pulpit was painted by my Uncle Chet; the miniature here is 1.5×1 inch.]

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

… and one of the godliest men I’ve ever known! He was 91 when he passed way, and that year he and my grandma would have been married 68 years.

In the background of the painting is a portion of Psalm 91, my grandpa’s favorite Psalm. It reads:

14. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue
I will protect him for he acknowledges my name.

15. He will call upon me and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble
I will deliver him and honor him.

16. With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

Psalm 91: 14-16

And to all those that have served or are serving, Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you for your service!!

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