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Peace in Darkness is a collection of original poems and illustrations combined to create unique and thoughtful artistic works across a range of mediums. The poems were written by Warren Holston over several decades while traveling the world as a tourist, Sailor, and explorer. The illustrations are Christy Laneri’s interpretation of the words and are based on her lifetime as an artist and teacher. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the collective paints an image that broadens the imagination and provokes thought in the darkest corners of the mind.
The words and images can be haunting, but if you open your mind to the objective you can see there is truth regardless of your beliefs and perspective. The intent of the work is to articulate the truth, that truth is the only reality and perception is formed by one’s surroundings. This is based on a lifetime lived with dozens of cultures, religions, and belief systems. Some of the pieces address subjects we all think about but that many of us are afraid to admit we consider. The works are intended to define the Peace in Darkness.
Warren Holston has worked throughout the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and defense industry for more than 30 years. He wrote the poems of Peace in Darkness over several decades of extensive travel to more than 84 countries as he served in Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Special Operations Command. The poems are based on a lifetime of experiences with dozens of cultures, religions, and belief systems both in peace and war. Mr. Holston is the author of the personal security book Beware the Predator and lectures extensively on the application of personal tradecraft in a digital world.
Christy Laneri has more than 25 years of experience as an illustrator, educator, and artist since starting her career in the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition to earning her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, and Master’s degree in Education from George Mason University, she has traveled the world, raised a family, and established an accomplished interior design and installation business. Much of her art is influenced by her exposure to diverse cultures and her life experiences abroad.
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