Artist mixes ‘military art’ genre, abstract works
by Blake Bunch
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Shelter Island artist Todd Krasovetz stands with some of his “military art” work. One piece will be seen on the Lifetime Network’s “Army Wives” show on March 29.                 Courtesy photo
Shelter Island artist Todd Krasovetz stands with some of his “military art” work. One piece will be seen on the Lifetime Network’s “Army Wives” show on March 29. Courtesy photo
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Shelter Island artist and resident Todd Krasovetz recently received national acclaim for his paintings in the genre of “military art.” His work is on display in military hospitals and museums across the United States, and one painting in particular —“Wings of Hope” — will be seen on Lifetime Network’s “Army Wives” on Thursday, March 29.

The “Army Wives” deal came about when the show’s set director, Missy Ricker, saw Krasovetz’s work online. Ricker was in need of some pieces for the set and had the show’s attorneys send over a contract that same day. “Wings of Hope” depicts a wounded Marine being aided off of the battlefield by a Navy Corpsman and is one of his most widely publicized pieces.

Although Krasovetz has been working feverishly over the last 15 years, he remains ever the family man and patriot. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1970 while his father was stationed in the U.S. Army.

“We moved around a lot. You know, the typical ‘Army brat’ bit,” said Krasovetz. “My brother was a corpsman for 12 years, finished in 2008 and is thinking of rejoining. I find that my family’s service and all the servicemen and servicewomen of our country are the totality of inspiration for what I do.”

This inspiration is paramount in his work, which covers all branches of military service. He has three paintings displayed around Camp Pendleton, as well as one at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot adjacent to Point Loma. In addition, the Walter Reid Military Hospital in Bethesda, Md., along with the Wounded Warrior Project, will be hosting an auction of two of his pieces in May and June, respectively. The proceeds will go to the charity of the buyer’s choice, and oil paintings aren’t cheap.

“I have spoken with doctors whose specialty is dealing with wounded servicemen, and am shocked by the positive responses,” said Krasovetz. “Having been in the situations l depict, as in the case with ‘Wings of Hope,’ they are able to cope and know their service is appreciated at the same time.”

Veterans and their families have been most thankful of Krasovetz’s work. They are seemingly drawn to the respect conveyed through his paintings, which provide a certain strength that may not be achieved through dialogue.

“Hearing positive feedback from this core group is why I do this,” said Krasovetz. “If it were not for them, it would be rather difficult for me to paint.”

San Diego and all of its military history provides a solid background for Krasovetz to work from, though its natural beauty drives an abstract side as well. He maintains a studio on Rosecrans Street and said he likes to keep typical hours. With a wife and young daughter, Krasovetz said a typical day involves taking his daughter to school, working steadily for several hours and then picking her up again.

Krasovetz said he plans to have an abstract-art show in New York by the end of the year. This work is quite oppositional to the more structured, military art he paints, although Krasovetz has a few pieces with abstract backgrounds contrasting portraits of military figures.

Krasovetz was recently commissioned to paint three murals at the swanky La Bec Fin restaurant in Philadelphia and he is working on illustrations for a children’s book.

“The children’s book was a lot bigger project than I expected,” said Krasovetz. “Working with paint, I figured that illustrations would fly off the page much easier. They have taken me longer than expected, but it has definitely been an interesting project.”

For more information on Krasovetz and his work, visit www.official-military-art.com.
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March 28, 2012
I have been a resident of Point Loma for a long time and it makes me proud that we have such a wonderful and talented artist living in our Shelter Island community. When I read in the Beacon that artist Todd Keasovetz' work would be featured on ABC s lifetimes hit show Army Wives I became fascinated. I was so impressed with his portraits that I decided to commission him to paint one of our family for our home! Thanks Todd for everything!
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