2018 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 Palm Springs Air & Space Museum, Palm Springs, California April 22 — July 31, 2018.

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Russell Smith


Rod Lees
Fisher’s MoH

Doug Castleman

Marcus Poole
Delta Regional Jet

Brian Bateman

Doug Castleman

Created on Site
Marcus Poole


Splash In

Kristin Hill
“Splash – In!”
16” x 30” Oil
The Grumman Goose earned a respected and nostalgic place in the history of air service to delightful island destinations. This painting captures the amphibious Goose powered by throaty radial engines sharing the beautiful salt waters with the intrepid diving pelicans of Catalina Island.


Denali Trio

Sharon Rajnus
“Denali Trio”
22” x 30” Watercolor
Sightseeing Denali (Alaska) has long been a popular flight. The mountain is so massive it produces its own weather, so clear days are at a premium. Denali encompasses six million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness and at 20,310 feet high, is North America’s tallest peak.




Waco Red


Greg Jackson
“Waco Red”
20” x 16” Acrylic
I saw this beautiful red Waco biplane on the grass strip at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA.






Bouncing Bertha

Stephen Roberson
“Bouncing Bertha”
16” x 24” Oil
This painting depicts the C-117D “Bouncing Bertha” flown by Distinguished Flying Cross winner Lt. William Allen Cantrell during actions in Vietnam. Lt. Cantrell performed a short-field landing at Hue-Phu Bai Airport under an in-tense enemy mortar attack to extract the 14 survivors of the NSA Da Nang Ramp detachment.



Squawkin’ Hawk Departing Thorpe Abbotts

Marcus Poole
“Squawkin’ Hawk Departing Thorpe Abbotts”
20” x 32” Oil
B-17F 42-30088 “Squawkin’ Hawk” of the 100th Bomb Group takes off for an early morning mission from Thorpe Abbotts airfield in England in July, 1943. “Squawkin’ Hawk” was an original ship of the 100th BG, which had begun flying combat missions in June 1943. It had originally been assigned to the Sumner Reeder crew, and they flew their first twelve missions aboard the ship. “Squawkin’ Hawk” was the first ship in the 100th BG to complete 50 missions, at which point it was returned to the the US for a War Bonds tour. This painting was done for the ship’s original navigator, Russell En.

Category Awards


Vigil Eye: Mach 3 Calling

John Nicklin
“Vigil Eye: Mach 3 Calling”
14” x 19” Mixed Media
‘Vigil Eye: Mach 3 calling’ is an illustration inspired by a visit to the Air Force Museum Annex in October 2011. The North American XB-70 seems ahead of its time; poised for yet another flight if only the hanger doors would open, sunny skies and fair weather ahead, cleared for take off – our imagination invites.



Hank Caruso
“Double Ugly”
10” x 14”
Ink & Prismacolor
The F-4 Phantom II was better know as “Rhino” because of its hulking mass, thick hide, and Don’t-Get-In-My-Way attitude. It was crewed by two aviators: the pilot in front, who lit the engines and pointed the aircraft nose in the general direction of where it needed to go, and the back-seater (RIO—Radar Intercept Officer—in the Navy/Marine Corps or WSO—Weapon Systems Operator—in the Air Force), who operated the sensor and weapon systems, monitored the general health of the aircraft, and provided adult supervision for the Rhino in front.



Robert Brun
30” x 20” Oil
During the Battle of Britain, many RAF pilots lost their “kites” in combat with the Luftwaffe. Pilots develop an emotional bond with the inanimate aircraft that has seen them safely through dangerous sorties, which defies rationale. The sense of loss experienced when said aircraft is destroyed is often in immediate contrast to the sense of relief that he has survived to fight another day.






Steve Cox
16” x 20” Acrylic
One beautiful Saturday morning I was wandering around the local air patch (Harvey Field, Snohomish WA.) and was pleased to come across this very clean, nicely painted Piper TriPacer. I’ve had a fascination with TriPacers every since I built the Monogram plastic kit as a kid. It came complete with a victorious hunter posing with his foot on a vanquished mountain lion. Not very PC, but in the ” Leave it to Beaver ” days it was way cool.


Dillingham Sparkle

Darby Perrin
“Dillingham Sparkle”
24” x 48” Oil
This 1934 WACO YKC Seaplane currently resides in the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. The painted image reflects the glory days that it knew once before, ferrying passengers throughout southern Alaska.


Fall Splendour

Cher Pruys
“Fall Splendour”
10.25” x 14” Acrylic
This Beech 18 catches the reflections of the surrounding fall foliage; truly a glimpse of fall’s splendour.







Gemini – Titan

Douglas Castleman
24” x 12” Oil
The launch of the next-to-last Gemini mission, on Sept. 12, 1966, putting Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon into orbit.






The Moonwalker


Mark Pestana
“The Moonwalker”
20” x 16” Acrylic
During the Apollo Program six missions successfully landed on the Moon. About to descend the Lunar Module lander is one of the twelve men who walked the lunar surface. In order of their first step on the Moon are: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt.





The Pirate of Suwon

Darby Perrin
“The Pirate of Suwon”
20” x 40” Oil

The base was originally established during the Korean War as Suwon (K-13) Air Base and hosted the 36th Fighter Bomber Squadron. The base was used for the staging of F-86 patrols along the Yalu River and MiG Alley.

First Encounter


Steve Anderson
“First Encounters”
18” x 36” Oil
“I made my first test flight in the Me-262 in June of 1944…It gave me a wonderful feeling of effortless speed and power.” Armed with a quartet of 30 mm cannon in the nose and speed in excess of 500 mph, the Messerschmitt Me-262 proved to be a formidable opponent. In the Fall of 1944 the 262 pilots started to gain some momentum while test flying and evolving combat tactics for the best way to use the advantages of the Me-262 for attacking heavy bombers. First encounters with the new jet by escort fighters were hit-and-miss as the Allied pilots tried to counter the threat. One pilot was heard to say, “My God, what was that?”



Craig Slaff

16” x 20” Oil
VF-111 is a Navy Squadron named the Sundowners. The name and its legacy goes back to World War II. Japan’s Imperial Flag was the Rising Sun, but VF-111 took pride in their aerial victories over the “Rising Sun.”



Splash In

Kristin Hill
“Splash – In!”
16” x 30” Oil
The Grumman Goose earned a respected and nostalgic place in the history of air service to delightful island destinations. This painting captures the amphibious Goose powered by throaty radial engines sharing the beautiful salt waters with the intrepid diving pelicans of Catalina Island.


Cher Pruys
10.75” x 14” Acrylic
Day breaks at the air base where the Beech 18’s are lined up ready to fly the fishermen to remote locations in the north country.





Crissie Murphy
7” x 5” Acrylic and Gold Leaf

A USAF Senior Airman deep in contemplation at Patriot Defender Training, Ft. Wolters, Texas.





Marcus Poole
10” x 8” Oil
This was a painting that began en plein air at the National WWII Museum’s 2017 Air, Sea, and Land Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. The aircraft is of John Mosley’s recently-restored TBM-3 Avenger that is painted in the markings of the aircraft flown by Vicksburg, Mississippi’s Guy McAdory Brown, Jr. Brown flew with VT-85 from the USS Shangri-La, and was killed in action on July 28, 1945, attacking shipping in Kure Harbor, Japan. What would the Wright Brothers think of man traveling to the Moon?





Leap of Faith

Mimi Stuart
“Leap of Faith”
48” x 24” Mixed
On February 3, 1984, Bruce McCandless did the unthinkable; he stepped out of the Challenger space shuttle into the infinite abyss of space, relinquishing all connection to his space craft, the earth, to home. One giant leap of faith that brings the heavens closer to us all.









Douglas Rowe
“NALF Fentress Arrival”
15” x 30” Oil
This F-18C is flown by Lt. Benjamin O’Neill as he nears his first touchdown of the sortie at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress, near NAS Oceana. Two weeks later Lt. O’Neill graduated from his F-18 training and was assigned to a carrier squadron based in Norfolk.





Distinguished Service Award

Crissie Murphy