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These illustrations depict aviation subjects with an emphasis on airships.


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This isn't a piece of my art but rather a very interesting couple of guys holding a piece of my art. The gentleman on the left is Richard Van Treuren, NASA shuttle technician and Naval Airship Association historian. On the right is Nelson Grills the 1943 USN commander of the K-74 airship depicted in my painting. Nelson Grills said that my painting of K-74 battling the U-174 was the most accurate depiction he’d ever seen. I think that's one of the best reviews I've ever received for a piece of my art.
This painting is an accurate portrayal of the only (officially) acknowledged battle between a US Navy airship and a German U-Boat. On July 18, 1943, the US Naval Blimp K-74 attacked and damaged the German U-Boat U-134 off the Florida straits and saved nearby merchant ships from probable sinking. The K-74 was shot down with the loss of its bombardier. The German U-Boat, its diving tanks badly damaged by the K-74's attack, was forced to limp across the Atlantic for its home base. It was discovered, bombed and sunk by allied aircraft 30 days later.
K-74 vs. U-134
This conceptual illustration for the proposed film, "ZRS " answers the question, "What if flying carrier rigid airships had been operating in the Pacific Theater during WWII?"
     This painting shows the large rigid airship "Long Island" as it attempts to fend off an attack from a Japanese "Betty" bomber with the aid of its scout planes launched from its own on-board carrier deck. P-77 fighters and Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, specially adapted for take offs and landings aboard the large airship, swarm around it protectively.
ZRS Conceptual Illustration
This is the art for the the DVD "Airships Fight a Cold War", a chapter in the Airship History Series. The painting shows a USN type ZPG-2 airship in the 1950s equipped with radar and flying over the ice at the north pole while a Russian nuclear sub hides beneath the frozen stalactites under the ice.
Airships Fight a Cold War
What if flying carrier rigid airships had been operating in the Pacific Theater during WWII? This poster is for a movie concept based on the book by Rowan Partridge. The plot posits an alternate history where the large rigid airship aircraft carriers that existed in the 1930s had continued to be developed and used as scouts in the Pacific in December 1941. How might history have been different?
ZRS
This illustration depicts a very controversial episode in WWII airship history, the August 25, 1944 encounter of the U.S. Navy airship K-25 with a Type XIB U-Krüzer off of Chatham, Massachusetts. According to the airship's skipper, the giant U-Boat was sunk by the airship's depth bomb, and indeed today, the sidescan sonar image of the sunken vessel matches the Type XI-B size and conformation. Official U.S. Navy word is that the event never happened.
The K-25 Sinks a U-Boat
This is the largest illustration I have done so far. This painting of the Mars Rover was created for a series of large school posters promoting reading programs. I learned more than I ever wanted to about the Martian Rovers after researching the construction of these highly detailed machines. I probably just as rapidly forgot all I learned. © Published by Scott Foresman/Pearson Education.
Mars Rover
Oil, 18" W X 24" H

This illustrated a story about a virtual reality trip into orbit around Earth. The subjects were actually safely seated in a theater, despite the very convincing evidence to the contrary.
Armchair Astronauts