The anger Jorge Lovato felt after his cousin was killed in Vietnam and his brother was injured there motivated him to enlist. After completing his training as a Navy hospital corpsman, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Sanctuary, a hospital ship stationed in South Vietnam. Lovato worked in triage and the intensive care unit, where he encountered the most severely injured patients. “Many were amputees, severely burned, quadriplegics and many had multiple fractures. Many of these I cannot forget,” he says. After returning home to Taos, N.M., he chose to pursue fine arts -- a “peaceful career, one that would not hurt anything,” Lovato says. He learned woodcarving by observing his mother, and later began painting urban landscapes and coastal scenes — which reflect the tempo of life in Bay St. Louis, Miss., a small coastal village on the Gulf of Mexico where he now lives.