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This is just a small sampling of the talents of the aviation artist members of the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association.

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Artists:    A to F    G to L    M to R    S to Z

 Avi Barzel
Avi Barzel

Avi Barzel is a Toronto illustrator and portrait artist who grew up in Eastern and Central Europe, where he studied art from an early age.

Avi is a graduate of Toronto's Central Technical School's Visual Arts programme and studied European and Jewish history at York University and the University of Toronto. In his more recent illustration and portrait work, he has been combining traditional media, mainly acrylics, watercolours, tempera and oils with digital media. [... More]

On Guard For Thee - by Avi Barzel
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 Ardell Bourgeois
Ardell Bourgeois

Ardell is a founding member of the CAAA and past President. He attended the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, majoring in animation and three dimensional studies.

Ardell is currently working as a free-lance artist with a primary interest in aviation subject matter (a life long obsession). He has had works in several Canadian and U.S. international aviation art exhibits as well as private and corporate collections. Ardell resides in Chilliwack, British Columbia. [... More]

Go West Young Man - by Ardell Bourgeois
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 Colin Bowley

Colin Bowley

Colin lives on Vancouver Island, B.C where he devotes much of his time to his painting, both landscapes and aviation subjects. The two As (Aviation and Art) have always been a big part of his life. He worked as a commercial artist in various studios in Toronto and also as a technical artist at the Avro Aircraft Company during its final dramatic days.

He started his own Commercial Art business in 1973 and moved to B.C in 1985. He is now retired and paints full-time. He has received various awards and has work in private, public and corporate collections. [... More]

First Flight of the CF-105 Avro Arrow - March 25 1958 - by Colin E. Bowley
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 Len Boyd

Len Boyd

Len's passion for art was sparked when, as a schoolboy, he saw a fifteen minute vignette on CBC television showcasing renaissance artists. With the encouragement of his teachers and peers he continued his artistic journey until high school graduation. Unable to afford tuition to an art college, Len fine-tuned his self-taught painting skills with oils at first, and then switched over to his medium of choice, acrylics.

Len works out of his home studio/gallery in Hubley, Nova Scotia overlooking scenic Five Island Lake. [...More]

Hawk One... Canada's Golden Wings - Canadair Sabre in Golden Hawks Colours - by Len Boyd
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 Robert Bradford
         
 Sam Cole
Sam Cole

Sam Cole was born in Northern Ontario, Canada. A Bush Pilot, and Commercial Airline Pilot, Sam has flown, and lived in many different parts of the world. Now calling Gloucester Virginia their home with his wife Kate, they commute to and from work in Kobe Japan.

Sam is a self-taught artist, beginning more than forty years ago, starting with three basic colors, and one brush. He works only in transparent watercolors, as he feels them to be exceptionally expressive. Sam's Art has been exhibited at the Bradford Gallery in Ottawa Canada, as well as in the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg Manitoba, and Occasion for the Arts, in Williamsburg Virginia and Arts on Main in Gloucester. [...More]

Crow Lake - by Sam Cole
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 Don and Liane Connolly
Liane and Don Connolly

Don was a major proponent in the founding of the CAAA and has served several years as president and then another five as editor of the CAAA newsletter, AerialViews. Liane has also been an active member and supporter of the CAAA since its inception and served ably for many years as the CAAA Treasurer.

Don specializes in capturing aviation history on canvas and extensively researches his paintings to ensure accuracy. He is a a former RCAF navigator and is recognized for his expertise in both aviation art and history. He describes himself as "an aviation nut who paints".

Don's work is widely distributed and can be found in many museums, such as the Canada Aviation Museum, the Canada War Museum, the British Columbia Aviation Museum, the RCAF Museum and the USN Aviation Museum. [...More]

Sabres Supreme by Don Connolly
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 O.C. (Doby) Dobrostanski
O.C. (Doby) Dobrostanski

Although not formally trained in art, his connection to art began in early childhood watching his mother painting in watercolors. As an aircraft technician on a number of military aircraft types, his understanding of aircraft is substantial.

After graduating from U of Manitoba in the late 1970's, he studied acrylic painting under Ron Leger, a talented illustrator. Doby strives for realistic representation of objects in his paintings. He feels that the style suits the type of aviation art he prefers to paint.

Doby's portfolio includes 90 murals in public places and his painting career has taken him all over North America, with commissions in the USA, Canada and Mexico. [...More]

West Coast Labrador - by O.C. (Doby) Dobrostanski
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 James 'Jake' Fowell
James 'Jake' Fowell

James Fowell, familiarly known as 'Jake',is a retired Toronto architect who makes his home and studio on Twelve Mile Lake in Haliburton, Ontario. A 1968 graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto he practiced in Toronto designing homes, commercial buildings and schools.

Jake studied watercolour painting, oil portraiture and life drawing at the Toronto School of Art and Central Technical School over a period of years. He has privately shown work and in gallery exhibitions and willingly accepts commissions. [...More]

CC-115 Buffalo - by James 'Jake' Fowell
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Artists:    A to F    G to L    M to R    S to Z

 Hélène Girard
Helene Girard Hélène began her northern experience when she moved to the Northwest Territories from Québec in the early '80s. Creativity has always been part of Hélène's life. She began formal violin lessons at the age of four. Although she still enjoys music, she has developed a new and consuming passion. Inspired by the beauty surrounding her, Hélène began painting as a way to express her feelings about the North. With her distinctive style, her mission is to bring the North to the viewer's attention. Quickly disappearing, this magnificent part of our world needs to win the heart of the people. She participates in numerous art competitions and exhibitions throughout Canada and the US, receiving many prestigious awards. Hélène resides in Gatineau, Québec. [...More] Les Bleus de l'Arctique : Arctic Blues - North Wright Airways is the premier air service in the Sahtu region, NWT - deHavilland Twin Otter - by Helene Girard
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 C. Grant Gulland
Grant Gulland Grant Gulland is a retired teacher who has had a love of art, painting and aviation most of his life. He is a retired reserve RCAF officer and licensed pilot. Grant is a volunteer at the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario and a crew member on a vintage DC-3 that flies at airshow around southern Ontario.

Grant's paintings are created using acrylic paint on canvas, however, frequently works in a variety of other mediums including pencil, crayon, coloured pencil, pastel and ink. Commissions accepted. [...More]
Ready to Roll - Spitfire Pilot - by C. Grant Gulland
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 Layne Larsen

Layne is a founding member of the CAAA, past president and long serving editor of the CAAA Newsletter, AerialViews. Layne is an electrical engineer who served in the RCAF and Canadian Forces over a 37 year career as an aircrew officer, engineer, intelligence analyst, Deputy Commandant of the Royal Military College and in military personnel appointments in Canada and Europe. He retired in the rank of Colonel to take up his interest in art. Layne's works in aviation and wildlife art are in collection throughout Canada and the world. He resides in Kingston, Ontario. [... More]

Practice Makes Perfect - Cessna Cranes - by Layne Larsen
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 Wes Lowe
Wes Lowe - aviation artist and illustrator After taking some courses at the Ontario College of Art, I began my career in commercial art as a package designer. Since those early days, I have focused my attention on a career as a freelance illustrator, I still work as an illustrator mostly for Publishers and studios. I have aways enjoyed drawing and painting and I now focus this love on one of my favourite subjects, aviation. I am busy researching and creating new aviation scenes in my studio and will post them once I am pleased with the final painting. [...More] Atlantic Destiny Rescue - by Wesley Lowe
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Artists:    A to F    G to L    M to R    S to Z

 Ken Mallett
Ken Mallett - aviation artist Ken Mallett is a retired forest scientist who makes his home in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been creating art all of his life and attended the Banff School of Fine Arts Visual Arts program in his youth. Nowadays he has more time to devote to his passion of drawing in graphite and charcoal, and painting with acrylics, oils and pastels. Ken has been interested in aviation since his boyhood. He began to draw and paint aircraft when his son served in the Royal Canadian Airforce. [...More]

Alphajet - by Ken Mallett
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 Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin is a self-taught artist who has been painting since 1996. He has developed his own technique for portraying aircraft: carefully applying seven discrete shades of colour from dark to light rather than blending them, resulting in a stylized image. Acrylic paint is applied by brush to canvas board. Each painting is a labour of love that takes about two months to complete. He has completed 100 paintings and has had numerous showings at the former Toronto Aerospace Museum. Michael lives in Etobicoke and lists his hobbies as model building, reading, photography and cycling. [...More]

Bell X-1 Cockpit - by Michael McLaughlin
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 Priscilla Messner-Patterson
Priscilla Patterson

After living on rugged Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, Priscilla Messner-Patterson and her husband now make Idaho their home. While in Kodiak, Priscilla taught art at Kodiak College for nearly 18 years. She painted wildlife, landscapes and still life before she began specializing in aviation related subjects in 1994. She is an award winning member of the American Society of Aviation Artists. She is also a member of the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association and the Coast Guard Art Program. She has painted the Coast Guard at work in the air and aboard ships. Her husband, a former Navy and U.S. Fish & Wildlife pilot is her "best friend, biggest help and toughest critic." [...More]

VF13 - by Priscilla Messner-Patterson
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 Dave Mork

Dave Mork was born and spent his early years in the mining community of Mckenzie Island Red Lake Gold Mine in the Red Lake district. In the 40’s, the bush plane was one of the few connections to the outside world and so became of great interest to him. The fascination with flight lead to sketching on any piece of paper that was handy including school text books.

His real interest in painting started in 1982 when he was looking for a “stress reliever”. A quick trip to Fraser’s Art Supplies produced the supplies and the painting started. Being self-taught and struggling with various aspects of painting, he later attended an art class only to be told he didn’t need them. In 1992 three of his pieces (Sabre, Mosquito and Tutor) were chosen for the ’92 Artflight exhibit at the National Museum in Ottawa and he received an “Honorable Mention”.

Since retiring in 2002, painting has continued to document the early years of aviation in Canada and the Bush operations especially the aircraft used in the Red Lake district. [...More]

Curtiss Lark - by Dave Mork
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 Martin Myers
Martin Myers, Canadian Aviation Artist

A founding member of the CAAA, Martin has an academic background in architecture from the University of Toronto and professional experience of over thirty years as a design consultant. Martin has participated in many art shows and competitions, winning second prize during the Canada Aviation Museum's ArtFlight 2007 competition. He enjoys working in a diverse range of subject matter including botanicals, birds, landscapes and aviation subjects. Martin resides in Toronto. [...More]

Reflected Beavers - Five deHavilland Canada Beaver Floatplanes - by Martin Myers
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 Bob Poole
Bob Poole

Bob's aviation career started in the UK in 1964 with an Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship at Hawker Siddeley Aviation. In 1976 Bob moved to Canada with his family to pursue his career in aviation and in 1994 Bob started his own Company, Aerostructural Inc., still operating today. Bob's art is self-taught and purely a hobby, with many paintings over the years going to friends and relatives.

Bob adds "Having my pictures displayed alongside such talented artists is a great honour" [...More]

After The Storm - CP Air Boeing 737 - by Bob Poole
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 Cher Pruys
Cher Pruys - aviation artist

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan she has had a passion for art from a very young age. She is a self-taught artist whose work has received international acclaim. Her works may be found in museums, galleries, aviation schools, and both personal and corporate collections worldwide. The artistic works of Cher Pruys reflect her respect for the subjects she portrays. Her precise paintings capture every detail providing the viewer with extreme realism as well as evoking a mood that places you at the scene.

Cher now resides in Devlin, Ontario, on the banks of the Rainy River. Her works have graced the covers of 3 books, and numerous magazine covers. She has done several interviews with CBC radio, and had feature articles in countless magazines and newspapers. Her chosen mediums are watercolor and acrylic, although her large scale murals are in oil. [...More]

Red-Tail - restored North American P-51C Mustang of the Tuskegee Airmen, Don Hinz 2004 - by Cher Pruys
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 Peter Robichaud
Peter Robichaud - aviation artist

Peter's passion for aviation began at a very young age in Chatham, New Brunswick with its nearby air base providing an endless source of inspiration. Peter has been painting since he was twelve years old and has never put his brushes down. His paintings are defined by a meticulous attention to detail of his subjects, which include aviation, portraiture, animals, and abstract pieces.

Peter's preferred medium is acrylics and he paints from his home studio in Halifax. He is currently working on subjects for a book series on Canadian Forces jet powered fighter aircraft, is producing commissions for the Air Force, Army, and Navy, and works on other non-aviation related art subjects. [...More]

Lynx Chasing Bear - by Peter Robichaud
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 Paul Seguna
Paul Seguna

Paul is a founding member of the CAAA who has served as Alberta and BC Regional Coordinator and CAAA Vice-President. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in September of 2017 after a career spanning forty-two years. Born in Australia, he has had a lifelong interest in art and aviation and resides in Victoria, British Columbia. [...More]

RCN Sea Furies - HMCS Magnificent - by Paul Seguna
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 Rui Laureano Silva
Rui Laureano Silva
Rui Laureano Silva is retired from the Aerospace industry where he worked for 20 years as a technical/artistic illustrator. Rui was born in Portugal and studied Mechanical Engineering Illustration there. In Canada, he attended the National Aeronautical School and also took up painting at McGill University. Throughout his career in the aeronautical industry, he has devoted his free time to his favorite hobby, painting.

His paintings and illustrations have been exposed in varied local Québec exhibitions. In past years, he has also provided technical and artistic illustration for reference, poetry and literary works. [...More]
The Arrow Gone Forever - by Rui Laureano Silva
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 Harold Skaarup

Hal Skaarup - aviation artist

Major (retired) Harold A. Skaarup is the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel for 3 Intelligence Company. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 1974, and earned his Master's Degree in War Studies at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 1995. He works as a volunteer docent with the New Brunswick Military History Museum at 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, and enjoys writing Canadian Military History. [...More]
Chinook Exit - Canadian Forces Parachute team, The Skyhawks, exiting a CH147 Chinook helicopter, spring 1978 - by Harold Skaarup
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 Martha Southwell

Martha Southwell is an award winning portrait artist. Her paintings convey the beauty in every subject and the essence of the human spirit. Martha's interest in aviation developed from her family's visits to aviation museums and air shows. She became interested in historical aircraft and their preservation and expressed this passion in oil paintings. Martha is a member of the Portrait Society of Canada. Her paintings have won numerous awards at juried shows and chosen as finalists in National and International Art competitions. Her paintings hang in private collections across Canada.

She is accepting commissions for aviation and historic subjects, people and pet portraits. [...More]

Douglas DC-3 Dakota, Canucks Unlimited - by Martha Southwell
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 Jeff Stephenson
Jeff Stephenson - aviation artist

Jeff's passion for aviation began years ago while attending air shows with his father and brothers. However, it wasn't until the summer of 2008 that his love of photography and aviation finally merged at the Geneseo Air Show.

Since graduating with top honours from Humber College's Creative Photography program in 2013, Jeff has established himself as a well-rounded professional freelance photographer by shooting a wide range of subject matter. However, it is his passion for producing aviation art inspired photography that brings him the most attention. He has produced several commissioned aviation works for clients such as Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Canadian International Air Show, Canadian Air and Space Museum, as well as many individual clients. [...More]

Historic Reunion - by Jeff Stephenson
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 Brian Sturrock
         
 Steve Tournay
      [click to view gallery] Great Northern Diver - by Steve Tournay
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 Elena Vasileva
Elena Vasileva - aviation artist
Elena Vasileva showed a passion for drawing from childhood but at the same time loved mathematics and physics. These interests determined her choice of profession. Before moving to Canada, she worked for 15 years as an architect, focusing on sport and public facilities. Combining basic knowledge of academic drawing with the technical side from her work background, she moved to a full-time career as an illustrator.

She accepts commissions (watercolor and ink drawings) and is available for your projects (technical manual illustration, sketching, books). [click to view gallery]
Avro Canada CF-100 Mk5 100760 - by Elena Vasileva
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 Jim Wallace
         
 John Walmsley
         
 Ronald Wong
Ronald Wong
Ronald's name needs little introduction to the aircrew of military bases in Western Europe and the United States, for whom his precise and dramatic artwork has been a familiar presence for many years. His original training in Britain was in Biochemistry, and it was only after years of service in the Health Service that he decided to embark on a career in painting, in particular of a childhood love, aviation.

He is a long-standing Member of the Guild of Aviation Artists in the UK, where he has won many prizes over the years, and also of the American Society of Aviation Artists. Apart from aviation, his artistic interests range from motoring and marine art to portraiture, animals and landscapes. [...More]
Changeover In Alaska - F-15 and F-22 - by Ronald Wong
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