Writing a dissertation on combat art and the Iraq war, I received my Ph.D. in visual culture from Purdue University in 2011. That year I took my studio painting practice to Portland, Oregon, where I explore fresh ways to picture real people and objects. My past exhibitions include solo shows at Ford Gallery, the Oregon Military Museum and various academic galleries, as well as group shows at Mark Woolley Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, I also write about military history. Recent publications can be found in the Huffington Post, Army History, Cincinnati Review, Military History and elsewhere.