Bob's Bird

My high school classmate, Bob, just got his pilot's license at 75 years of age.  That is a feat deserving a reward.  I'm a retired Air Force Pilot and occasionally do a piece of aviation art.  Bob purchased an Ercoupe, vintage aircraft long before he got his pilot's license.
I did this painting depicting him over flying a foggy, New River Gorge, in West Virgina, where we're both from.

His bird has some historical significance.  It was a test bed aircraft to test out rocket assisted take offs.  Rocket assisted take offs were an important assist tor the old B47 jets.  Those early day jet engines weren't very powerful but they could go fast once they got up to altitude and high airspeed.



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About Hal

I'm a geezer:  retired Air Force Pilot, retired corporate accountant, and I have squeezed painting in, when I could around my day jobs.  I paint in acrylic and pastel primarily and I've been painting for 37 years.  I've had a few college art courses and studied with various artists, some nationally prominate via workshops too numerous to list.  My favorite activity is painting plein air. 

I am or have been member of numerous artist associations: ASMA, NH Plein Air Society, NH Pastel Society, I'm a past president of the Seacoast Artist Association of New Hampshire.  I have shown in a number of local galleries, and was president of a co-op gallery for a number of years.  I decided that the co-op gallery was too much work.  Now I show in local venues and local art fairs.  Last year, 2012 my oil pastel "Texas Gothic" took first place in the Oil Pastel Society's, 2012  Member's Show (associates division).

Awards range from best in show (alas only once) through the full range down to numerous honorable mentions.

My avatar is of Gus and me.  He's the first dog I've had since childhood.  I had forgotten how wonderful dogs can be and I love this one more than I realized was possible.