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Marko Mavrovich Donates Paintings to SEAL Legacy Foundation

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Marko Mavrovich Waiting for a Brother to Come Home Park West Gallery

“Waiting for a Brother to Come Home” by Marko Mavrovich (Photo courtesy of Marko Mavrovich)

Artist Marko Mavrovich admits the emotions his military-themed paintings evoke makes it difficult to complete the works.

“When I paint these paintings of soldiers with dogs I can’t start and finish them,” Mavrovich says. “I start tearing up and have to put them aside and I’ll go paint something else.”

As a result, Mavrovich only creates three or four of these special military canine paintings a year, and often reserves them for charitable causes close to his heart. Most recently, he donated two of these works to the SEAL Legacy Foundation.

The paintings, titled “Waiting for a Brother to Come Home” and “He Leads Me by Still Waters,” show the importance of military dogs in the armed forces. The former depicts the silhouette of a military dog waiting for its master to come home, while the second shows a canine leading a soldier though a dark swamp.

He Leads Me by Still Waters Marko Mavrovich Park West Gallery

“He Leads Me by Still Waters” by Marko Mavrovich (Photo courtesy of Marko Mavrovich)

When Mavrovich showed these paintings to his collectors, one man immediately connected with them. The collector informed Mavrovich that he works with the SEAL Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the families of wounded and fallen U.S. Navy SEALs.

Inspired by the story, Mavrovich decided to donate the works to the foundation. They will be included in fundraising auctions during the foundation’s Gold Jacket Salute to the SEALs event on September 11.

As a former member of the military, Mavrovich strives to assist causes like the SEAL Legacy Foundation. The artist served in the Navy while living in Yugoslavia. As a cadet training on cargo ships, he sketched in his downtime, and was surprised by how fascinated his shipmates were with his craft.

“I remember at night guys would gather in my cabin…and everybody calmed down and watched me draw,” Mavrovich says. “It’s a healing thing.”

Mavrovich in his studio.

The artist is a dog lover as well, often adopting dogs with health issues to ensure they lead good lives. As a result, Mavrovich works with multiple organizations and charities that support veterans and animals alike, including the Kentucky Pro Bass Warriors, the Hero Dog Awards, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a constant mission for me to raise as much money as I can with my art,” Mavrovich says.

To collect the artwork of Marko Mavorvich, contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 during business hours or sales@parkwestgallery.com.

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  • Anthony J. Schrick
    Reply

    C U on board KONINGSDAY On Oct 18-29 2017.
    Best Regards for the Weather. Tony. USAF RET

  • Victor Baker
    Reply

    Very nice Marko,
    ~ U.S. Army MSG/E-8 Retired

  • Kimberly McDevitt
    Reply

    Can’t wait to purchase these pieces of art. My family are deeply rooted In military so they are going to be treasured.

  • Frank Gembicki
    Reply

    Well done! USMC M/Sgt. Retired. We met aboard ship VIP Cruise.

  • Byers Coleman
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    I see Marko took my advice and changed the blue star to a gold star indication that the “brother” in question will never return. Mine with a blue star was with him last April on the Allure of the Seas VIP cruise

  • Barbara Schulze
    Reply

    I adore these two pictures but really like all Marko’s work. Including the ones I own

  • Arden & Lori Walz
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    We are so fortunate to have purchased “So Long My Friend, Until We Meet Again,” a near-twin to the featured work above. It was amazingly touching to have the opportunity to meet Marko personally and have a photo with him and the art. Has he painted a number of this particular work? We love ours!
    Arden D Walz
    CAPT,CHC,USN(Ret.)

  • Ignacio Ross
    Reply

    I would love to purchase Marko Mavrovich works of art. The once I love the best is the military canines, ( Waiting for a best friend to come home and also Waiting for a brother to come home ). All your work of art and what you do for the military is great. God has Blessed you and you in return Bless others. I’m not a military person, But I also know many men and woman served and gave their lives for our freedom. I hope they will be more of these works of art so more people can purchase and support the military myself included. God Bless and Keep Up The Great Work

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