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Operation Starlight

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This Vietnam War painting measures 18x36 and is part of a series of Nam paintings depicting the major events and battles of the Vietnam War. Operation Starlight was known as the Battle of Van Tuong. 45 Marines were killed during the battle. 203 were wounded.

From wiki: Lessons learned from the battle include the knowledge that the daily allotment of 2 gallons of water per man was inadequate in the heat of Vietnam and that the M14 Rifle was too bulky for troops cramped into small personnel carriers.

Aurence was a USMC combat helicopter doorgunner stationed at Marble Mountain from 66-67. He was awarded the Purple Heart and is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Aurence was not wounded in this battle - as stated, this a part of a series of paintings that depict major events. Operation Starlight, one of the earlier battles, began on August 18, 1965.

What makes Aurence's art so special? His unique style, for one. Well-known southern folk artist Linda Anderson said of his work, "... Aurence paints from the gut, very real and totally honest. I love his works.
They just pull me in. There is absolutely nothing contrived about his paintings.”

Besides style, there are 3 things that go into making Aurence's art distinguishable from cookie cutter folk art:

1: A fireball (found in outdoor paintings - other paintings have a fiery background). He calls them, "Messages from 'Nam"

2: A squiggly under his name with 2 hatch-marks that serve as a tribute to a friend who was KIA in Vietnam.

3: His most famous signature piece is a White Dog. He can be easily visible or he can require a little "Where's Waldo" skill. In Vietnam, Aurence considered a little White Dog that hung around his hooch to be good luck. Collectors love the idea that white dog is still on watch.

Aurence had the privilege of painting all 3 items on a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter that is now part of the Price of Freedom exhibit at the National Museum of American history.

Aurence spares no detail in his work and oftentimes spends months on a painting.

No shipping outside US.
This Vietnam War painting measures 18x36 and is part of a series of Nam paintings depicting the major events and battles of the Vietnam War. Operation Starlight was known as the Battle of Van Tuong. 45 Marines were killed during the battle. 203 were wounded.

From wiki: Lessons learned from the battle include the knowledge that the daily allotment of 2 gallons of water per man was inadequate in the heat of Vietnam and that the M14 Rifle was too bulky for troops cramped into small personnel carriers.

Aurence was a USMC combat helicopter doorgunner stationed at Marble Mountain from 66-67. He was awarded the Purple Heart and is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Aurence was not wounded in this battle - as stated, this a part of a series of paintings that depict major events. Operation Starlight, one of the earlier battles, began on August 18, 1965.

What makes Aurence's art so special? His unique style, for one. Well-known southern folk artist Linda Anderson said of his work, "... Aurence paints from the gut, very real and totally honest. I love his works.
They just pull me in. There is absolutely nothing contrived about his paintings.”

Besides style, there are 3 things that go into making Aurence's art distinguishable from cookie cutter folk art:

1: A fireball (found in outdoor paintings - other paintings have a fiery background). He calls them, "Messages from 'Nam"

2: A squiggly under his name with 2 hatch-marks that serve as a tribute to a friend who was KIA in Vietnam.

3: His most famous signature piece is a White Dog. He can be easily visible or he can require a little "Where's Waldo" skill. In Vietnam, Aurence considered a little White Dog that hung around his hooch to be good luck. Collectors love the idea that white dog is still on watch.

Aurence had the privilege of painting all 3 items on a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter that is now part of the Price of Freedom exhibit at the National Museum of American history.

Aurence spares no detail in his work and oftentimes spends months on a painting.

No shipping outside US.

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