Mike Wilkins Memorial
Here's the Mike Wilkins
at the National Veterans Art Museum
Mike was a Marine mapmaker in Vietnam
and served on the board of the Veterans Museum.
He was also a serious sketcher,
this being one of this his sketchbooks
Pretty good for a 23 year old kid
in his spare time.
The exhibit also includes
books from 1977, 1989, and 1995
Mike was very good at a classical style
of figure drawing,
but as this detail shows,
he could have been a delightful
abstract artist as well.
Marine on Patrol, 1967
Maintenance on helicopter
Marble Mountain Air Force Base
Artists creating mural, 1968
Control Tower, Marble Mountain, 1968
Perimeter, Marble Mountain, 1968
Unlike most of the artists at the Veteran's Museum,
Mike never looked back.
When he left Vietnam,
he left that subject matter
behind as well.
Fall Competition, Kelly, 1998
Draw Bridge, 1999
Looks like a scene from the Palette and Chisel.
A Monday night model, perhaps.
Health permitting, Mike was regular at those workshops
which he invariably entertained
with his improvisational comedy.