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China Clipper Martin M130 flying boat painting

Tropical Waters   Oil on stretched canvas  18 x 24 inches.


It is 1938, and a  Martin M-130 rocks at anchor in a quiet  tropical lagoon.  Flying boats like the M-130 pioneered commercial air travel across the Pacific during the 1930s.   Carrying mail and passengers, they used remote islands of the Pacific  as refueling and rest stops.

AT-6 airplane oil painting

The Vindicator   Oil painting on  a canvas panel  9x 12 inches.  This is a small preliminary painting of the Vaught SBU-2 Vindicator.   The SBU-2 was a pre-war aluminum and fabric covered scout bomber, and was obsolete by the outbreak of the was in the Pacific..

Dusk Flight   Oil  painting on archival canvas panel. A formation training flight of AT-6s.  Original-sold

SBU-2 vindicator painting

 Gallery of Aviation Paintings

Here is a sampling of my oil paintings of airplanes. I focus mainly on piston engine aircraft from the 1930's to the 1950s.


Painting airplanes provides some special challenges and opportunities.  Airplanes can be viewed from any point in three dimensional space, creating almost an unlimited set of possibilities for the artist.   The weather and sky conditions are an  important part of the story conveyed by the painting.  Light and sky conditions have an enormous impact on the appearance of the skin of the aircraft.    Flying boats, such as the Martin M-130 shown below, also provide the opportunity to incorporate water and its many moods in the painting.