• Battlefield Brothers

    A Painting for Veterans

    By a Veteran

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  • About the Painting

    15 Years since Operation Iraqi Freedom began and 10 years since I enlisted in the Army Infantry, I finally decided to create my first military based painting. This painting is based on a photo I took in Iraq in 2008 while patrolling a rocky hill area west of Mosul.


    I was gunning on our HMMWV while my platoon was performing dismounted patrols and I noticed they stood out strikingly against the sky. I snapped a quick photo and later my brother photoshopped it to create the dramatic lighting. I didn't think I'd do much with it until now.


    In 2011 I returned to civilian life and pursued a career as an artist, creating landscape paintings for various galleries. As time marches on I often feel nostalgia for my soldiering days. I imagine there's a whole new generation of veterans who might feel that same longing for the comradery they experienced while wearing the uniform.


    Thus I created this painting for veterans to remember their brothers they fought along side.

  • About the Artist

    Ezra Suko

    Fine Art Oil Painter

    In March of 2008 Ezra enlisted in the Army and served two deployments in Iraq. The idea of joining the military came after he lost his brother-in-law and soldier Gabe DeRoo in Iraq. Gabe’s relationship to Ezra was more than just a brother-in-law, he was an inspirational role model. Ezra served from March of 2008 to October of 2011 with the 3d U.S. Cavalry from Ft Hood, TX.


    Ezra’s work has been accepted into both regional and national exhibitions, including the famed Arts for the Parks competition and PaintAmerica. He is a current member of Oil Painters of America and was selected as an “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine. His work is represented by, Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA, Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, WA and Waters Edge Gallery in his hometown of Gig Harbor, WA. He also accepts commissioned works for individual collectors. Ezra resides with his beautiful wife, Heather and their three children Noah, Bella and Luke, in Los Angeles, CA.


    To see Ezra's other art visit: www.ezrasuko.com

  • Behind the Painting

    Learn more about the central figure of the painting.

    See the story of Gary Villalobos

    I knew him first as my Platoon Sergeant and later as my First Sergeant. On his 2nd tour in Iraq, Villalobos was awarded the Silver Star, the military's 3rd highest award.

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