The Special Operations community would like to recognize and remember our canine soldiers killed in action. Our dogs have saved countless lives and have earned a hero's memorial.
We are creating a memorial for our fallen SOF K9's. The intent is a life size bronze Belgian Malinois, wearing his deployment kit based on what our dogs actually wear in combat.
The memorial will be located at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, right outside of Fort Bragg, NC.
You can check out some great examples of what we expect to be an amazing memorial statue on the Young Fine Art Studio website.
Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.
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Some examples of our very talented artist, Lena Toritch's prior work.
Lena Toritch was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her classical training at the Academy of Fine Arts. Lena studied drawing, sculpture, watercolor painting, history of art and architecture.
It is the details that breathe life into Lena Toritch’s figures, expressing the emotion, spirit, and individuality of her subjects and portraits. Her large monument commissions, like Utah Law Enforcement Memorial, and John Borbonus portrait memorial, showed she has a gift for portraying triumph, sacrifice, and patriotism as well.
Toritch mastered anatomy, composition, and technique skills as a graduate student (MFA) at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia, her home town. But the drive for perfection in her work is rooted in her upbringing amid the art-enriched culture of Russia. Lena’s father, a professional sculptor, challenged the young girl to always improve on her work through studying great masters of the past and learning to see the world with an artist’s eye.
Granted “Artist of Exceptional Ability” status, Toritch has been working in the United States for the past 15 years. Her commissions come from all over the country for private, corporate, and public collections; her bronzes have been displayed in a number of international shows, including Christie’s Auction house in London
Portraits are Toritch’s love. A keen intuitive sense of a character allows her to instill “the being” into the bronze just by using a few photographs and some background stories.
“It is very emotional to work on a memorial portrait. I realize that my skill can symbolically “bring back” someone’s beloved. It is so rewarding to watch them touch the statue’s hand, or stroke its face, as if reconnecting with that person one more time” -Lena Toritch, Sculptor