My goals as an artist are to produce illustrations and fine art images with military and aviation subject matter. Because of my interest in WWII history and aviation, my compositions are influenced largely by events of that era. The medium that I work in is acrylic on illustration board; while I have used watercolor, chalk and graphite in the past. I have experience with drafting and have a strong attention to fine detail. For years I have been involved with the various veterans and aviation organizations; working air shows and reunions since a very young age. I do extensive research through books, past discussions with veterans, documentaries, and building of the appropriate modeling kits. I use photo references taken over the years at the many aviation events attended. Currently I do volunteer work for the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum in Ankeny; where I am the resident artist, help design and set up displays, document our inventory and give tours of the museum when required. I feel it is very important to never forget the past, while honoring the men and women serving in our Armed Forces.
AVIATION, MILITARY AND MUSEUM ORGANIZATIONS
Former Colonel with the Hawkeye State Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force.
Associate member with the Eighth Air Force Historical Society.
Member, Artist, and Co-curator for the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum in Ankeny, Iowa.
Former member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Artist member of the American Society of Aviation Artists.
AVIATION AND MILITARY ART EXPERIENCE
Illustrator and Book Cover designer for the book Iowans of the Mighty Eighth by Charles D. Taylor
Aviation History Mural for the Iowa Falls Municipal Airport in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Aviation History Murals for the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum in Ankeny, Iowa.
Artwork for RoBair Enterprises aviation collectible dealer; such as T-shirts, banners, and clock designs. Examples of themes include the Aztec Eagles Mexican Expeditionary Forces and the Air Commandoes.
Accepted into the Southeastern Aviation Art Expo in Birmingham, Alabama.
Artwork displayed for the annual reunions of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society’s Iowa Chapter.
Artwork displayed for various air shows and reunions across Iowa and Missouri; also shown in Pennsylvania at the WWII Weekend and WWII Night Fighter Reunion in Reading, PA.
Artwork shown in the Eighth Air Force Historical Society’s magazine.
Commissions for the 305th Bomb Group Association; painting on permanent display at the US Air Force Academy and McGuire Air Force Base.
Designer of Aviation themed T-shirts.
Worked with various WWII veterans to produce historical paintings; “Double Trouble” for P-61 pilot Bob Bolinder, “Carol” for P-51 pilot Ray Mitchell and P-51 flight of four for the 352th Fighter Group.
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa
Bachelors of Fine Arts