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HAVE MARKER, WILL TRAVEL.

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[phone rings] “John?” “Yeah?” “This is… (insert about 20 seconds of description/disclaimer).  Can you do us a favor?” “Uh…” “The TV station is coming to our (school/office/whatever) and they want to focus on Insert event}. Will you draw on our erasable board to give them something to film!?” “Do I have to bring my own markers?” […]

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THAT AIN’T A NAZI.

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That’s the ‘greatest’ ace I’ve ever interviewed, Kyosti Karhila – 37 victories. Aside from being a gentleman, historian and hero of Finland, he was also a fine man for letting me, a ‘Merican, draw the Bf-109G he flew against the Russians in WWII. I have but four, five prints left…maybe more if I stashed some […]

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I SKETCH!

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I sketch with crayons, pens, pencils and thanks to Apple®, I can doodle into my iPad and make cool time-lapse drawings.  The Curtiss SB2C-4 Helldiver above took me about 8 minutes to draw but you get to see it in 19 seconds.  

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ROCKETEER COMMISSION!

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The Rocketeer’s (366th TFS) F-4 is a great example of how a Commission can work.  I drew the 336th’s bird and personalized the prints with the individual crew’s names.  The prints made AWESOME holiday gifts for the Squadron and then, I got to be the ‘token artist’ at one of their reunions. Kinda funny…so, I’m […]

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My favorite photo.

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This is my favorite photo. The gnarled hands are Wendell Hanson’s; he was a B-25 pilot in the CBI during the hard months of 1943-44.  Of course, he’s autographing my artwork (an honor).  But note the stuff on his kitchen table – books, cards, prescriptions, pens…the stuff of he and his wife’s sunset days. Wendell […]

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THIS.

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What a great moment!  OGTA was having a Premiere of “The Gentleman Next Door,” featuring RAF fighter pilot, John Wilkinson. Afterwards, there was an autograph session; the line was long but it came to a gobsmacking stop when I realized that among the snaking queue of adults was an 11 year old sprite.  When it […]

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What’s a Remarque?

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A Remarque is when I draw a little sketch on one of my prints.  This particular one is a request of a patron who just purchased my art of the F-105 flown by Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Leo Thorsness and his “backseater” Harry Johnson. This particular print is rare in that both men signed […]

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Real nose art!

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Robert “Punchy” Powell was one of the first fighter pilots I interviewed; I ended up traveling with him internationally as well as to various events in the U.S.   However, he had an outstanding ad-hoc “air museum” in his house that contained a piece of the P-51B Mustang that he flew in WWII. Christened, “The […]

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TAIL ART

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I got to design the paint scheme to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the South Dakota Air National Guard.  An amazing honor…

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