USMC Warrant Officer (ret.) Michael D. Fay served as a combat artist from 2000 through January 2010 under the History Division of the Marine Corps University.
He once described his orders from them as "Go to War. Do Art
." Fay was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been keeping a blog of his sketches since 2005
Fay's work has been documented here
on ABC News' website, and in columns at the National Post
("Kandahar Journal") and most recently at the New York Times
. During his tours, he also penned several columns
for the Times.
His current, three-part series in the Times recounts
his visit to McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, Va., where he spent two days with wounded Marines in rehabilitation. The first two parts have now been posted:
Part 1: A New Reality
Part 2: Scars
From 2010: Drawing Fire, is a five-part series recalling Operation Steel Curtain in Iraq in 2005.
Part 1: Into Ubaydi
Part 2: Last Day
Part 3: 'Stay With Us'
Part 4: Reckoning
Part 5: Remains of the Day
Both series are part of an ongoing NYT section, Home Fires
, which "features the writing of men and women who have returned from wartime service in the United States military."
in "Defend America" // Another,
originally published by Drawing Magazine. Also: Wikipedia
In 2007, Fay's work was highlighted in an exhibition
at the James A. Michener art museum in Doylestown, PA. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of the Marine Corps