-  Iraq War veteran finds an emotional outlet in printmaking

War and art are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. The two words don’t seem to go together.

For Russell Ault, war and art are intertwined.

Ault is an Iraq War veteran and an artist.

A U.S. Army veteran, Ault served five years and was deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Since experiencing the tragedy of war, he has found art as a way to help him deal with the internal struggles that often come with experiencing warfare.

“My work is a reflection of the difficulties that I have faced after the tragedy of war,” Ault explained. “It has been an outlet for me and a way to express what is too difficult to say.

This artwork explores the war that continues within me, and my struggle to find peace.”

Ault was an engineer with the 3rd Infantry during the invasion of Iraq. He received a Purple Heart after a harrowing incident in which an improvised explosive device was thrown in front of his vehicle.

He has struggled to understand everything he has been through and to finally find peace. Making art is one way that helps, he said.

Originally from Hawaii, Ault was raised in the Pacific Northwest. He has been drawing, painting, making prints and taking photographs since 2008.

Printmaking is now his primary focus.

Meet the artist, enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and musical entertainment by Limps with a Walk featuring “zBone Blues.”

The group plays a mix of old-school blues styles, and the evening’s playlist will include covers by masters of several genres along with some originals.

— Kathy Fuller

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