|Richard M. Gibney|
|Gibney grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, and graduated from
Syracuse University before being drafted into the Marines at the start
of the war. Originally trained as a demolitions engineer and later
part of the Marine Art Program, Gibney saw and painted combat in many
battles in the South Pacific. He took part in five "D-Day" landing,
including Tarawa and Saipan, and was a survivor of the "Westlock
Tragedy" in which the ship he was on was heavily damaged in an
explosion. He returned to the U.S. after the war and continued his
art studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and then in
Europe as part of a travel scholarship. Moved by his European study
of stained glass and frescoes, Givney designed and created the
stunning stained glass windows for the Marines Parris Island chapel.
He also created 20 public murals in the United States. In 1993 he
completed what he calls The Oddyssey -- a semi-autobiographical series
of 52 paintings that detail the saga of a young marine in WWII. He
now resides in Rockport, Maryland.
Richard Gibney has his own Web site: <http://www.richardmgibney.com/>.
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