If you had the opportunity to interview a legend in your field, as in to sit with them weekly to learn about their life and work, would you take it?
Artist Margo Adair did just that as she put together a book on Tom Lea, the iconic World War II illustrator.
Lea’s work is now on display at the National Museum of the Pacific War through Jan. 3. It shows some of the paintings and illustrations that Lea made as he accompanied troops around the Pacific theater. The work is an unflinching look at the front lines and the sacrifices made by that generation of men.
I had the opportunity to meet with Margo and go through the gallery, with her giving commentary on the individual pieces.
In the days before iPads and laptop computers, it is amazing that Lea followed the troops with a sketchbook, putting himself in harm’s way.
Looking at his work, it is easy to see that he cared about these military men by the detail of his work.