NEWS

JULY 4TH 2017

Military experience influences student course work

Private Megan Brown artwork image

Artwork produced by Private Megan Brown

A student who serves as a reservist with a local Army Reserve unit has used her military knowledge and experience to influence her degree coursework producing an image of herself saluting to be included in an exhibition.

Private Megan Brown, aged 21, is studying Fine Art at Loughborough University and serves with the Army Reserve’s 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron in her spare time.

Graduating shortly, one of Megan’s final pieces of coursework was to produce a series of art to be included in an exhibition organised by the university.

Private Megan Brown with her artwork

Private Megan Brown with her artwork

Megan produced five separate paintings of herself showing different sides of her character and lifestyle.

Explaining more about her work, Megan said: “I wanted to visually show different sides to my personality. I produced paintings of me wearing a casual tracksuit at home, a swimming costume to demonstrate my love of sport, a dress to show my girly side and an image of me wearing my combats in my role as a reservist.

“Some of my peers were surprised about my military influenced painting if they didn’t know I serve as a reservist, but it was important to me to tell people that I’m proud to serve on a part-time basis with the Army whilst I’m studying.”

Megan joined the Army Reserve in April last year and has since gone on to complete her phase one basic soldier training. She hopes to specialise as an Army driver in the future and is considering becoming a full-time soldier after gaining an insight into military life with the unit in Loughborough.

Captain Ben Wing from 203 (Loughborough) Transport Squadron visited the exhibition. He explained: “It was an honour for me to be invited to the art display. It’s great that Megan was able to show her fellow students, lecturers and others visiting the exhibition that she enjoys being a reservist and is developing her military knowledge alongside her academic studies.”

The art exhibition ran from 10 to 18 June at Loughborough University.

“Some of my peers were surprised about my military influenced painting if they didn’t know I serve as a reservist, but it was important to me to tell people that I’m proud to serve on a part-time basis with the Army whilst I’m studying.”