Hello, I’m Don Veitch, I’ve been a commercial artist since 1995. I’ve worked on a wide range of Illustration, Design and Web Design projects with more than 70 clients.
I deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008 with the 65th PAOC as part of Multi-National Force Iraq. While in Iraq I was the Web Administrator for mnf-iraq.com and was the NCOIC of the media escort section. Prior to this deployment I have worked as the Art Director for the Minuteman Magazine, and as a squad leader in the 182nd Infantry.
Artist & Soldier don’t seem to go together. I’ve often heard that, now more so. I happen to do both; it seems a good fit for me. I have worked as a professional Artist since 1995, and a soldier far longer than that. That I’m able to do both at the same time is probably what people seem to think is “odd.”
As an artist, I’m blessed to have the best job in the world. Don’t agree? How many times have you heard someone say, “I wish I couldn’t draw?” Probably never, the ability to draw, paint or sculpt is always an enviable skill. Why? It’s just cool! To be able to put pencil to paper and create something is remarkable; to make a living at it is wonderful.
As a soldier, I’ve had a good career and done some exciting stuff. I’ve been over the “pond” for a tour of duty in Iraq. Worked with some great people and seen some amazing places; Paraguay, Germany and Tajikistan to name a few.