2017 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
The American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) International juried art exhibition, featuring 38 works by 25 different artists from around the world, is on displayed in the Virginia Air & Space Center, 22 May – 3 September, 2017.
To view the award winners, click here
20” x 24” Oil
Growing up in the 40’s and 50’s watching Saturday matinee serials, I naturally fell in love with Disney’s 1991 feature film The Rocketeer! How could you not like a movie that had it all: a rocket backpack, Nazi’s, Howard Hughes and his Spruce Goose, a Zeppelin, a beautiful heroine and the wonderful snub-nosed Gee Bee racer! This painting was inspired by the news that a sequel has been announced for release in 2018.
18” X 36” Oil
In the Fall of 1940, Major Helmut Wick was the youngest Geschwaderkommodore in the Luftwaffe. On 28 November, Wick bags a Spitfire for his 56th kill. Momentarily distracted, he flies across the path of 12 victory ace Flight Lieutenant John Dundas of 609 Squadron. With a short burst Dundas downs Wick. Dundas was heard to say, “I got a 109, whoopee!” Those were his last words. Wick’s wingman, Rudolf Pflanz, shot down Dundas. Wick was seen to have bailed out, and the Spitfire went into the sea with the pilot still inside. Neither man was ever found.
“Clunis Alius Non Fractus Est”
11” x 14” Ink and Prismacolor
Tailhook aircraft, billions of dollars. U.S. Naval and Marines Corps aviators, millions of dollars more. Bringing them back safely, priceless!
Landing Signal Officers . . . don’t leave homeport without them. This Aerocature tm salutes the LSOs, whose watchful eyes and experienced judgement guide carrier pilots back to pitching aircraft carrier decks. It was created for the Tailhook Association’s Tailhook Symposium. (Oh, yes . . . the Latin. It roughly translates to “Another buttock is not broken,” a play on the LSO School motto “Rectum Non Bustus.”)
“Apollo Go For Landing”
24” x 12” Oil
Just after module separation, Apollo 11’s Lunar Module prepares to
make its historic descent to the lunar surface.
24” x 12” Oil
The launch of Apollo 7, the first manned mission of the program,
using the now rarely remembered Saturn 1B rocket booster.
12” x 24” Oil
An F-16 of the Air Force Flight Demonstration Team, the “Thunderbirds,”
getting some last minute mainte- nance just before flying the
Los Angeles County Airshow in 2015.
John W. Clark
“Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter”
12” x 9” Oil
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a NASA robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon in an eccentric polar mapping orbit. Data collected by the LRO has been described as essential for planning NASA’s future human and robotic missions to the Moon.
John W. Clark
24” x 22” Oil
Reflected light on the Pilatus P3 aircraft.
18” x 36” Acrylic
One of my favorite things is watching sea plane operations at Kenmore Air Harbor, on the north end of Lake Washington in Kenmore, WA. It is home to an amazing variety of new and classic seaplanes. Kenmore Air is one of the world’s largest Seaplane operators, and is also the leading maintenance and restoration center for deHavilland Beavers and Otters. Just bring them a pile of parts, a bucket of money, and you can fly home in a better than new classic airplane.
24” x 30” Acrylic
In 1968, Charles Willis, then CEO for Alaska Airlines, purchased this Grumman F-6F3 Hellcat. Thinking it would make a good marketing tool, he had it painted in Alaska’s “Golden Nugget” livery. He flew it out of Paine Field, Everett, WA for two years. Here it is shown keeping a safe distance from a nasty storm over the nearby north Cascade mountains.
16” x 20” Acrylic
When I was a kid, I loved to hang out at Weiss Airport in St. Louis County, MO. It was a small thriving FBO that has long since become an industrial park. Now my favorite small airport is Harvey Field in Snohomish, WA. Unfortunately, this classic Taylorcraft has become a rare sight among the dozens of boats and RVs parked in the open “T” hangers.
“North Island Departure”
24” x 30” Oil
With San Diego’s Point Loma in the background, a Grumman C-2 Greyhound departs Naval Air Station North Island on a late afternoon Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission.
28” x 24” Oil
With tons of available power, and assertive control inputs by the pilot, an AH-1W Super Cobra departs Marine Corps Air Station Yuma on a late afternoon training mission.
“Fiat CR42 at War”
18” x 24” Oil
“Deicing the Sorcerer’s Magic Plane”
30” x 20” Oil
Mystery, magic and practical fact merge as curious fellows on the icy airport ramp, challenging our skills of observation to make sense of what we see. The “Iceman” inside his deicing equipment sprays a special glycol mixture on the ice-coated tail surfaces of the Boeing 737. This process assures the aircraft’s essential physical aerodynamics are maintained for safe flight. And the Mouse? Of course we all know Mickey and his adventures as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. WestJet and Disney have collaborated to bring us the livery of the “Magic Plane” passenger jet and smiles to warm our hearts.
“End of an Era”
24” x 36” Acrylic
At 11:29 AM on July 8, 2011, Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center for the last space shuttle mission. Though cloudy skies threatened to delay the launch, mission STS-135 marked the successful conclusion of the 30-year program. Mission Commander Chris Ferguson said, “We’re completing a chapter of a journey that will never end.”
“Evan’s First Flight”
16” x 20” Oil
On my son Evan’s 14th birthday, he got to fly in an airplane for the first time. He was absolutely thrilled by the experience, marveling at the new perspective on the area where he lived.
14” x 11” Watercolor
A Washington State National Guard pilot takes a walk-around preflight of her CH-47 Chinook to a “higher level.”
Priscilla Messner- Patterson
10” x 15” Watercolor
The engine of this Beech 18 in the “Boneyard” at Planes of Fame in Chino, California provides a perfect spot for a family of birds to nest.
“A Prayer Before the Mission”
8” x 10” Acrylic
Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, Special Ops Forces Combat controller training: A paratrooper takes a moment to reflect before the exercise commences.
18” x 40” Oil
On April 19, 1967, Major Thorsness and his Electronic Warfare Officer, Captain Harold E. Johnson, flying this F-105F, led Kingfish flight on a Wild Weasel SAM suppression mission. Their actions on that day led to Thorsness receiving the Medal of Honor. Thorsness found out about his medal while a prisoner in the in- famous Hanoi Hilton.
“Solar Sonic “
24” x 30” Acrylic
NASA is using a modern version of a photographic technique first developed in 1864 by German physicist August Toepler, Schlieren imagery, which visualizes supersonic airflow on full-size aircraft. Utilizing various aircraft at Edwards AFB, California – here, an Air Force Test Pilot School T-38C chased by a NASA F-18 – sunlight is refracted by the denser air, ￼revealing multiple shock waves and their points of origin based on aircraft design features (e.g. canopy, air intakes, leading edges, etc.). The research reveals that new designs may reduce or even eliminate sonic booms, essential for minimizing public disturbance by transcontinental supersonic transports.
8” x 10” Oil
A plein air painting (with studio touch- ups) of the Commemorative Air Force B-29 “FIFI” painted on-site at the 2016 Air Power Expo hosted by the National WWII Museum at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana.
8.5” x 11” Oil
A Boeing F4B-4 on dis- play at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. This painting was developed from studies done on site at the museum.
30” x 48” Oil
On April 3, 1943, Mississippi-native Arnold Vinson scored his fifth and final victory (total 5.33) while serving as squadron commander of the 2nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group, in Tunisia. This scene depicts his three flights of Spitfires intercepting twelve retreating Stukas of Stg. 3, which have just attacked Patton’s troops at the base of the mountain, Djebel Berda. As the Stukas climb for altitude, the Spitfires position themselves for their attacks from astern. As Vinson banks away from his victim, the glint of sunlight on the wing of JG77 Me109’s up high, catches his attention. Vinson would be killed moments later coming to the defense of his pilots.
18” x 12” Acrylic
This beautiful aircraft is NU WACO T-10 WTW (for Waco Taperwing.)
9.75” x 15” Mixed Media
Miss Virginia, named to honour both the State of Virginia as well as the P-38 Lightning, Miss Virginia, that shot down Japanese Admiral Yamamoto in 1943, is portrayed here looking her best. She has been fully restored by Dynamic Aviation. They proudly own and operate her, putting her in the public eye where her audience is broad with the goal of promoting the Virginia Aviation Industry.
“Ladies of HSM- 41 Seahawks”
15” x 22” Watercolor
Ladies of the HSM- 41 Seahawks train often; this squadron has trained over 3,000 Fleet Replacement Pilots and Aircrew. These Seahawks are part of a United States Navy helicopter squadron based at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA.
24” x 48” Oil
Air Canada about to touch down in Washington, DC.
30” x 24” Oil
The Wright Brothers started with a dream; man can fly like a bird. After many years of study they were able to understand the engineering needed for man to fly.
ILC DOVER, a world leader in the innovative design and manufacturer of space suits for NASA, was awarded as the prime contractor for the Apollo Lunar Space Suit in the 1960’s.
What would the Wright Brothers think of man traveling to the Moon?
16” x 12” Acrylic
This painting depicts a Coast Guard H-60 Jayhawk approaching a fishing vessel in distress to assess the rescue operation.
12” x 24” Oil
“Hurricane Hunter” depicts a WC-130 of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. The flight engineer on the aircraft is SSgt. Carolyn Rowe, the artist’s younger sister, who was the first female C-130 flight engineer in the USAF. SSgt. Rowe went on to be an instructor flight engineer at the C-130 schoolhouse in Little Rock, AR. The 53rd WRS was deactivated in June of 1991, and was then reactivated with the Air Force Reserve in November, 1993.
12” x 24” Oil
Many B-17 and B-24 aircraft bore the name “Liberty Belle” during World War II. The aircraft depicted is a post-war composite of two B-17 aircraft that graced air shows all over. On the morning of 13 June 2011, Liberty Belle made a forced landing in Oswego, IL after taking off from an airport in Sugar Grove. Shortly after takeoff, a chase plane informed Liberty Belle that its left wing was on fire. The bomber landed successfully in a nearby field and everyone aboard evacuated without injury, but due to the rain over the weekend the fire engines could not reach it. The crew could only watch the airplane burn. Reconstruction is ongoing.
“A Long Way From Nowhere”
16.75” x 24” Oil
In the early days of aviation, flying an airmail route could be a treacherous affair. This was especially true when pilots had to navigate over the Rockies. A mechanical problem could mean a forced landing on steep slopes covered with trees, rocks, or even snow. Here our pilot has found himself in such a situation. Having survived setting his aircraft down on a snowy slope, he now consults his charts in an effort to determine his location and how far he is from the closest road.
“Out of the Frying Pan”
16” x 24” Oil
In the early days of aviation flying across the West could be a hazardous affair. With neither radios nor homing beacons for aid, pilots were on their own as they crossed vast stretches of empty landscape. One small error could spell disaster. Here, a pilot has managed to walk away from a crash only to immediately come face-to-face with a grizzly bear. What will happen next?
24” x 18” Oil
8” x 19” Oil
A pilot with VT-7 makes his first solo carrier landing in a T-45C Goshawk.
24” x 18” Oil
It is said that The Enigma Variations by English composer Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was inspired by his walks in the Malvern Hills near his home in Worcestershire, England. The famous range of hills form the aerial landscape for my painting featuring a 1936 De Havilland DH90 Dragonfly.