Inspired by a conversation with a woman veteran, an Oceanside artist created a painting that honors women in the military.
Vicky Bigelow Cook painted "Flag of Purpose: A veterans point of view" to convey some of the emotions she perceived that a woman in combat might feel.
While talking with the veteran, Cook picked up a feeling of loneliness the woman had experienced on her tour of duty. The painting captures a moment of despair, when a woman soldier is alone with no one to talk to and has to gather her strength from the purpose of why she is serving, Cook said.
Cook has painted a series of military paintings, including "Arise," which pays tribute to Vietnam veterans and has been on display at Veterans Village of San Diego's New Resolve center in Escondido. The painting which Cook said was about the pain and suffering of Vietnam heroes along with the healing, was unveilled in 1997 with the song "Endless Tour of Duty" by veteran Mark Cook.
Cook's newest work was recently on display at the Elks Club in Vista for a Veteran's Day event.
The artist is planning to loan "Flag of Purpose"to local community venues. Community and veterans groups interested in displaying the painting should contact Cook at email@example.com.