A BE2 of the Royal Flying Corps No 2 Squadron, which saw service both as a reconnaissance aircraft and as a bomber during the First World War. It was in just such an aircraft that 2nd Lt Rhodes-Moorhouse became the first airman to earn the Victoria Cross, being fatally wounded by small-arms fire during a hazardous mission to bomb the railway line at Courtrai on 26 April 1916. When he returned to his home airfield, his aircraft was found to have been hit no less than 95 times.
I had the idea for this painting when, on a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, I saw a fly-past by a Tornado of No 2 Squadron RAF to mark the dedication of their Squadron Memorial. I noticed some special art work on the Tornado's tail - it...
I have always loved painting and drawing all kinds of subjects. After winning a set of oil paints at school, this soon became my favourite medium, although I also like to paint in watercolour.
Childhood tales of my grandfather's adventures as a flight mechanic for pioneering aviator Sir Alan Cobham, and my father's involvement with the Fairey Delta project, aircraft naturally became a subject I just had to paint, and led me to join the Guild of Aviation Artists.
Other favourite subjects are scenes from the age of sail, and western scenes inspired by holidays spent on ranches in Arizona, Wyoming and Texas and touring the western states of the USA.
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