Reclaiming the beauty of the battlefields

by Ann Weaver McDonald, 2008

This self-published book is the next step of a photographic project begun in 2006 when Craig and Ann McDonald toured seven Pacific islands where historic battles were fought during World War II. Both the hardcover and softcover editions contain nineteen images that reflect the emotions that Ann, a fine art photographer, experienced when they saw these battlefields themselves, knowing that some of their relatives had been there during wartime.

Oahu, Saipan, Tinian Guam, Iwo Jima Luzon and Corregidor are the islands that evoked gratitude, sadness, whimsey, heart-breaking beauty, soul-stirring loyalty and exhilaration of victory over evil during the two weeks of their travels.

The first part of the project was to make extra-large prints of the nineteen photographs for exhibition. Three are 44 x 29 inches; the rest are 24 x 16 inches. As of 2009 they have been shown at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, Texas, in 2007; the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas, 2008; and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas, June-July, 2009.

  • Hardcover edition - 13 x 11 inches (48 pages). USD $69.95 plus $3.00 each for shipping in the US; $5.77 sales tax in Texas
  • Softcover edition - 10 x 8 inches (50 pages). USD $32.95 plus $2.50 shipping in US; $2.72 sales tax in Texas

For purchase, make check to Pecan Press and mail to Pecan Press, P. O. Box 16981, Lubbock, TX 79490. Please include your email address for confirmation.

All books will be signed. If you want a personalized statement, please include the pertinent information.

The books may also be purchased through by using PayPal or also by going towww.blurb.com by entering the title of the book. Unfortunately those books will not be signed unless you send them to me.

"Reclaiming The Beauty of the Battlefields"

For more information, contact Ann McDonald at annwmcd07@gmail.com and enter Battlefields in the subject line.

Conny Martin

ConnyConny Martin is a well-known fine art painter and a native of Lubbock, Texas. She was a charter member of the Lubbock Art Association, created in 1951, and wrote Art Lives in West Texas as a three-year personal project to bring information about regional art activities up to date.  Conny was inspired by  Art on the Texas Plains by Elsie Montgomery Wilbanks, published in 1959, which chronicled the beginning of art on the Plains from pre-history through the first nine years of LAA’s history.

Choosing to publish under the name  Conny McDonald Martin, she wrote the book that covers fifty years of art activity in the twenty-one counties that make up what is geographically called the South Plains. Art Lives in West Texas features area universities and Lubbock art centers and galleries. It also features regional towns and biographies of over 300 artists and instructors, as well as references to individual artists working professionally, and human interest stories about artists and workshops.  The 15-page index has approximately 1,325 entries.

ISBN 0-9670928-1-7, 2003; 465 pages with index. Price $26. which includes Texas sales tax and shipping.