Graeme Lothian: An artist abroad
Graeme is an incredible artist, and has been a friend of Ditto for years (he's even featured the team in one of his paintings, published in his book An Artist on the Thames). Most recently, Graeme has been working in the capacity of an official war artist, and has visited Afghanistan a couple of times for research. When he told us that he was due another trip out to Afghanistan, we put him in touch with a good friend of ours, Sophie Whittaker. Sophie is a serving war artist whose main job is to provide Joint Fires Targeting support to Task Force Helmand on OP HERRICK 18. As a member of 74 Battery (The Battleaxe Company) 39 Regiment Royal Artillery – attached to 1 Royal Horse Artillery, Sophie works in the Brigade Headquarters, Lashkar Gah, where she finds time between an often hectic schedule to put pencil to paper. I was so pleased to hear from Sophie that she'd met up with Graeme during his time in Afghan - you can read more about Sophie's story and life as a serving war artist on the official British Army blog, where she regularly posts updates on her artwork.