Welcome to American Feathers.
I am a Navy Veteran and surviving spouse of SO1 Tyler Stimson, a Navy SEAL and former Marine. I am also the artist and owner of American Feathers.
The Story Behind the Feather...
Tyler left this world on a Friday. It was July 16, 2010. He was killed in an accident at home after several deployments and years of service as a Navy SEAL.
The life we built together ended unexpectedly that day..I would come to truly understand the power that one simple, small act of kindness could have in my darkest hours. I became determined to find a way to forward that kindness on into the world in gratitude and in honor of Tyler. I just didn't yet know how..
It was years later the day I painted the first American Feather. I’ve always found peace in various forms of art and the American Flag had become even more special to me after Tyler’s passing.
Receiving the flag at his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, I remember it felt like it was the last bit I was given of him that I could physically hold onto... and I held on to it tightly from that day on. Perhaps it really all started there.
When I look at these feathers, I see a culmination of memories and emotions beginning with the day I decided to join the Navy, to September 11th, to the first day of boot camp when I first met Tyler, not knowing then that he would be my future husband..
They are infused with my memories of his days during BUD/S, to our first duty stations, to our wedding, to the many deployments and months, likely years in total, of long distance separation.
They also represent the service and sacrifice of those that are close to me. To my humble amazement, American Feathers have grown to represent the service, sacrifice, and stories of people all over the U.S. and beyond.
They've also come to represent my life today, and serve as a reminder that it is possible to create beauty from ashes when we choose to honor those we've lost by living.
It is my hope that the next time you see an American Feather, that you will see all this and more..Thank you for allowing me to share my story, and Tyler's memory with you.
I look forward to hearing the story behind your American Feather.
Never Give Up and Never Forget,