Featured guest author, remarkable artist, Mother, and US Marine Anya V. Yakovleva of American Heroes Through Graphite. (Field Comment – The only thing I can draw is curtains. Further if I ever tried drawing, I’m pretty sure I’d be arrested as its certain that I’d had been…framed. Anya, is an impossibly talented artist, IMPOSSIBLY. I write this without a shred of embellishment. Her work, routinely stops me dead in my tracks in sheer astonishment. Constantly people ignorantly misuse the adjective; “Awesome”. Awesome defined; is causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear: the following sketches are a brief glimpse into her professional portfolio and they are an remarkably imposing body of work.)
Anya: I joined USMC in July 2001, I served through 2005. During that time I deployed in February 2003. After my time in the service I attended college earning my Associates degree in Heath science and became a histologist. This is now my career. I have always been able to draw and paint, from a very early age. During my military time I have done portrait work here and there for friends, nothing ever serious.
It wasn’t until a couple years ago when I met my boyfriend that I picked up the pencils again, but this time with a much deeper purpose. Just as the book “the things they carried” inspired me to become a marine and join the service, hearing his story of his friends and being in combat, sparked the same “something important” I had to do in my life. This is when American heroes through graphite was born. For two some years now I have been commemorating our fallen heroes. There are so many…..I want them to know they will live on forever through my hand to paper. Each mark I make and there is a countless amount of marks, is a memory, a legacy they left behind.
A huge part of AHTG also is donating to organizations to raise funds at auctions. I never charge a gold star mother or father for my work, and that will never change. I am not a 501.c3, I draw and I donate art prints that’s it. Although it does take time and money to produce and ship those items.
I do a lot of commission work, although I would like to work on some things that are in my mind that I would like to see on paper.
American Heroes Through Graphite.