2015 ASAA International Aerospace Art Awards

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Joseph Smith

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 Sponsored Awards


Boeing
Spirit of Flight Award

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John Clark
“Dawn of the Space Age”
16” x 20” Oil

Sputnik-1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. It was a 58cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio signals. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957.

 


 Nixon Galloway
Golden Age of Aviation Award

 

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Robert Aikins
“Model Builder”

18” x 24” Oil

Model airplane building in the 1950’s was a very popular hobby. Growing up in our nation’s capital, I was fortunate to be able to compete in model building contests sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Pictured in this painting, I am being awarded a First Place and Best of Show trophies in 1954 at the age of 11 with my model of a B-25. In the painting is also featured a balsa wood model of the Stearman PT-17 which was constructed for my grandson’s bedroom. Fun, once again, to smell the paint and glue!


Winsor & Newton

Sharon Rajnus "Out of the Fog" 15” x 27” Watercolor

Sharon Rajnus
“Out of the Fog”
15” x 27” Watercolor

Sharon Rajnus
“Out of the Fog”
15” x 27” Watercolor

Used exclusively in the Atlantic to patrol over the Panama Canal, these PBM-3S Mariners were painted in over-all white with upper surface of gull gray. Wingspan: 118 feet, weight empty: 58,000 lbs. This painting uses an overall “white” theme to represent the aircraft in the fog present at the time.


ForeFeathers Plaque du Beaque

Norm Siegel “Homage to Chesley” 28” x 22” Oil

Norm Siegel
“Homage to Chesley”
28” x 22” Oil

Norm Siegel
“Homage to Chesley”
28” x 22” Oil

I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only kid inspired by Chesley Bonestell to become an Aerospace artist. His iconic paintings that appeared in Life magazine, Collier’s, and many books depicting man’s conquest of space not only put us there, it implanted the vision that all of this was possible. Not only was he an artist and architect, he was a brilliant and realistic Hollywood matte painter, whose work you won’t notice in movies like “Citizen Kane.”

 

 


 

Walt Jefferies Popular Award for best unjuried work

Paul Burrows "Hell Stretch"  18x24 Oil

Paul Burrows
“Hell Stretch”
18×24 Oil

Paul Burrows

“Hell Stretch”
18×24 Oil
The de Havilland DH-4M was a British WWI design built under license in the US and modified to carry mail in the 1920s. These early mail planes were equipped only for day flying in good weather, but the pilots, having a keen desire to hack the mission no matter what, often pushed well beyond reasonable limits as shown by their loss rate. The airmail leg between New York and Cleveland, over the Allegheny Mountains, became known as “Hell Stretch.”

 


Walt Jefferies Popular Award for best work created on site

Marc Poole "The Vet" 8x10 Oil

Marc Poole
“The Vet”
8×10 Oil

Marc Poole
“The Vet”
8×10 Oil

It took 3 hours on-site…the sky changed from gray and overcast to breaking clouds by the time it was done!

 

 

 


ASAA Sponsored Awards


James V. Roy, Jr. Award

Paul Burrows “Rhinos and Mustangs” 18” x 24” Oil

Paul Burrows
“Rhinos and Mustangs”
18” x 24” Oil

Paul Burrows
“Rhinos and Mustangs”
18” x 24” Oil

Sometime in the ’70s a pair of F4Cs egress the target range at low level. The Phantoms, sometimes called rhinos by their aircrews, are no longer part of the Nevada desert scene, but the mustangs, descendants of horses brought to the area by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, are still here.

 


 ASAA Award of Distinction

David Rawlins “Flying Fish Cart” 117” x 72” Mixed

David Rawlins
“Flying Fish Cart”
117” x 72” Mixed

David Rawlins
“Flying Fish Cart”
117” x 72” Mixed

On December 28, 1952, South African Air Force C-47 Dakota 6832, departed Durban on a 1,500 mile flight to the Comoros Islands to retrieve a dead fish. The fish was a Coelacanth (SEE-lah-kanth), a prehistoric fish that was thought to have gone extinct 70 million years ago. The Comoros Coelacanth was only the second one ever discovered. The first had been caught in East London, South Africa in 1938. Dakota 6832 served with the SAAF for another 40 years before being retired in 1992. Today, 6832 is at the SAAF Museum in Ysterplaat. She has been restored to her 1952 colors and is known as “The Flying Fish Cart”.


ASAA Awards of Merit

Cher Pruys “Miss Virginia” 9” x 14” Mixed

Cher Pruys
“Miss Virginia”
9” x 14” Mixed

Cher Pruys
“Miss Virginia”
9” x 14” Mixed

The DC-3 popularized air travel in the United States. Transcontinental flights saw shortened times with fewer refueling stops. Production of civil DC-3s ended in 1942. Military versions saw production until the end of World War II in 1945. General Patton credited this aircraft with being a major contributor to the victory of World War II. Miss Virginia was named to honor both the military and the state of Virginia. Miss Virginia was the name of the P-38 that shot down Japanese Admiral Yamamoto in 1943.


Richard Wheatland “Duxford Cat” 12” x 16” Mixed

Richard Wheatland
“Duxford Cat”
12” x 16” Mixed

Richard Wheatland
“Duxford Cat”
12” x 16” Mixed

I painted “Duxford Cat” from sketches I made and photographs taken while on a visit to Duxford near Cambridge in 2010. The aircraft was being prepared for its pre- season flying display routine practice. This PBY-5A Catalina is a regular on the European display circuit. Since this is a very white aircraft, I have tried to reflect the surrounding color into the white surfaces and added the Fords tow-tractor and team member to assist the composition.

 


General Aviation


 

General 1st 

William Dodge “Gulfstream G550” 24” x 36” Oil

William Dodge
“Gulfstream G550”
24” x 36” Oil

William Dodge
“Gulfstream G550”
24” x 36” Oil

A Gulfstream G550 climbs to cruising altitude through late afternoon clouds.

 

 

 


General 2nd

Priscilla Messner- Patterson “Serenity” 16” x 20” Oil

Priscilla Messner- Patterson
“Serenity”
16” x 20” Oil

Priscilla Messner- Patterson
“Serenity”
16” x 20” Oil

Under a soft winter sky, a Cessna 206 and de Havilland Beaver rest in the calm waters of Kodiak, Alaska’s Trident Basin.

 

 


 General 3rd  

Gary Elshoff “Lights Afloat” 38” x 19” Stained Glass

Gary Elshoff
“Lights Afloat”
38” x 19” Stained Glass

Gary Elshoff
“Lights Afloat”
38” x 19” Stained Glass

The soft glow of the Aurora Borealis settles gently on the Cessna float plane sitting on an Alaskan inlet during a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.
The work is executed in three layers of colored glass, a technique called “plating.” The front layer of glass is backed up in the area representing the water with a second layer of the sky glass, and a third layer of royal blue glass behind it to give a muted tone to the “reflection” of the lights in the water.

 

 


Space


Space 1st

Mark Bray “Beyond the Pillars of Hercules” 36” x 24” Oil

Mark Bray
“Beyond the Pillars of Hercules”
36” x 24” Oil

Mark Bray
“Beyond the Pillars of Hercules”
36” x 24” Oil

“That is where you will find Atlantis!” (Plato). Myth, legend or fact, Atlantis reminds us that we are all part of the human race and that we should place great importance on imagination and continued hope. The name Atlantis is ancient Greek for the island of Atlas, where we find the Titan and his bride Pleione striving to stay in contact with their daughters, the seven sisters of the Pleiades. The Space Shuttle Atlantis flew 33 missions, traveling 126 million miles, and has served as the namesake to keep hope and imagination alive.

 


 Space 2nd

Mimi Stuart “Rocket Man” 48” x 24” Mixed

Mimi Stuart
“Rocket Man”
48” x 24” Mixed

Mimi Stuart
“Rocket Man”
48” x 24” Mixed

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin once said, “Exploration is wired into our brains. If we see the horizon, we want to know what’s beyond.” In 1903, the Wright brothers stretched that horizon. A mere sixty-six years later, humans viewed the earth from the moon. Our desire to venture out beyond our boundaries, to seek the impossible, to shoot for the stars, continues to push our horizon line ever farther. What once seemed impossible is now within reach.

 

 


 Space 3rd

Norm Siegel “Homage to Chesley” 28” x 22” Oil

Norm Siegel
“Homage to Chesley”
28” x 22” Oil

Norm Siegel
“Homage to Chesley”
28” x 22” Oil

I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only kid inspired by Chesley Bonestell to become an Aerospace artist. His iconic paintings that appeared in Life magazine, Collier’s, and many books depicting man’s conquest of space not only put us there, it implanted the vision that all of this was possible. Not only was he an artist and architect, he was a brilliant and realistic Hollywood matte painter, whose work you won’t notice in movies like “Citizen Kane.”

 


 Military


 Military 1st

Steven Cox “Shine On” 17” x 23” Acrylic

Steven Cox
“Shine On”
17” x 23” Acrylic

Steven Cox
“Shine On”
17” x 23” Acrylic

I saw this beautiful Ryan PT-22 Recruit at the Diamond Point fly-in near Sequim, Washington. Detail studies of PT-22s are a bit cliché, but this was a very challenging and rewarding project. I can still hear the “ poppity, poppity, poppity” sound of that little Kinner radial.

 


 Military 2nd

Mark Pestana “Laura's Preflight” 24” x 36” Acrylic

Mark Pestana
“Laura’s Preflight”
24” x 36” Acrylic

Mark Pestana
“Laura’s Preflight”
24” x 36” Acrylic

As the sun burns away the dawn fog at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, 2Lt. Laura Kurtz performs a preflight inspection on a Beech T-1 Jayhawk. Upon graduation from USAF pilot training, Lt. Kurtz was selected to pilot AC-130U Spectre gunships


 Military 3rd

 Wade Meyers “Never Turned Back” 25” x 50” Oil


Wade Meyers
“Never Turned Back”
25” x 50” Oil

Wade Meyers
“Never Turned Back”
25” x 50” Oil

“Mission Maid” was a veteran B-17G with the 457th Bomb Group, based at Glatton. Ship 021 arrived in the UK in December 1943, and on New Year’s Day 1945 completed her 75th mission. She was one of the few camouflaged ‘Forts to remain with the group into 1945. Credited with eight German fighters destroyed, this veteran finished her tour of duty with the Air-Sea Rescue service. Returning to the USA in late 1945, she fell to the scrapper’s torch at Kingman, Arizona.

 


Commercial


  Commercial 1st

Darby Perrin “American Triple 7” 30” x 48” Oil

Darby Perrin
“American Triple 7”
30” x 48” Oil

Darby Perrin
“American Triple 7”
30” x 48” Oil

The Boeing 777 is a long-range, wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed and manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is the world’s largest twinjet and has a typical seating capacity for 314 to 451 passengers, with a range of 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles. Commonly referred to as the “Triple Seven”, its distinguishing features include the largest-diameter turbofan engines of any aircraft, six wheels on each main landing gear, a circular fuselage cross-section, and a blade-shaped tail cone. American Airlines currently owns 67 of these aircraft.


Honorable Mentions


Larry Manofsky “Capt. Colleen Nevius - The first woman aviator to graduate from United States Naval Test Pilot School” 48” x 24” Mixed

Larry Manofsky
“Capt. Colleen Nevius – The first woman aviator to graduate from United States Naval Test Pilot School”
48” x 24” Mixed

Larry Manofsky
“Capt. Colleen Nevius –
The first woman aviator to graduate from
United States Naval Test Pilot School”

48” x 24” Mixed

Colleen Nevius graduated from U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River in June 1983 as a member of Class 83. This painting reflects milestones in her career: First female member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Navy Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Navy Battle Efficiency. She became one of the first women to deploy aboard a U.S. warship—LHA 4, USS Nassau—as a member of helicopter detachment Combat HC 6 Support.

 

 


Norm Siegel “Bennie” 20” x 24” Oil

Norm Siegel
“Bennie”
20” x 24” Oil

Norm Siegel
“Bennie”
20” x 24” Oil

General Bernard Adolph Schriever the man known as the “Father of Air Force Missiles and Space” started his military career in the army field artillery, then transferred to the Air Corps. He won his wings at Kelly Field in 1933 flying Keystone B-4 bombers. In World War II, he flew 33 missions as a B-17 pilot. In 1954 “Bennie” commanded a group of USAF officers responsible for creating the Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile program. At 6’4” Cadet Schriever was obviously too big for his A-1 flight jacket.


 Russell Smith “Stan's Colorful Steed” 25” x 50” Oil


Russell Smith
“Stan’s Colorful Steed”
25” x 50” Oil

Russell Smith
“Stan’s Colorful Steed”
25” x 50” Oil

“Stan’s Colorful Steed” features SE 5a’s of 40 Sq RAF in May of 1918. The scene depicts the SE 5a’s as they are getting ready to pull the chocks for a sortie. The SE 5a in the foreground is that of Major Stan Dallas, the highest scoring Australian Ace of WWI. Dallas flew this SE 5a, D3511, late in the war. It bore a distinctive camouflage pattern which was not used on other SE 5as.


Mark Henn “Ball Turret Gunner” 9” x 12” Sculpture

Mark Henn
“Ball Turret Gunner”
9” x 12” Sculpture

Mark Henn
“Ball Turret Gunner”
9” x 12” Sculpture

One of the most precarious gun positions on a World War II aircraft, the ball turret gunner protected the vulnerable underbelly of both B-17 and B-24 aircraft. After take offs and before landings the gunner would enter or exit the turret.

 


Jim Balletto “Tweeking The Predator” 16” x 23” Mixed

Jim Balletto
“Tweeking The Predator”
16” x 23” Mixed

Jim Balletto
“Tweeking The Predator”

16” x 23” Mixed

A light-hearted look at the Military UAV Program: shown is a Predator UAV crew attempting to finalize mechanical and electronic systems before a mission. This includes “interference”.

 


David Rawlins “Road Trip to Peru” 24” x 48” Mixed

David Rawlins
“Road Trip to Peru”
24” x 48” Mixed

David Rawlins
“Road Trip to Peru”
24” x 48” Mixed

In late 2013, I made a trip with my friend Fred Gunther to research the B-58 Hustler. Our destination was Grissom Air Force Base, just outside of Peru, Indiana. Back in the early 1960s, it was known as Bunker Hill Air Force Base and Fred was stationed here. His job was maintaining the electronics of the B-58s that were based at there. On a cold windy day in late October, Fred and I spent 3 hours crawling under and over one of the few remaining B-58s in the world, taking many measurements and hundreds of photos while a KC-135 performed touch-and-goes in the background.


Unjuried Show
Images coming soon!


Founders’ Associate Recognition Awards

  • Steve Roberson – Corsair “Don’t Judge Me”
  • Greg Jackson – Blue MaxX

Founders’ Silver Award

  • Priscilla Messner-Patterson – Engine Maintenance
  • Darby Perrin – A-10

Founders’ Gold Award

  • Paul Burrows – Hell Stretch