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Sep 8, 2010

A Force to be Reckoned With

"Welcome to Manas" - 24" x 49" - oil

So some of you may know that every now and then I get to go on some awesome trips for the United States Air Force.  For those of you that don't know...well I just told you.  The deal is that for every trip that I go on, I donate one painting that sums up or documents the trip.  Well in the past year I've been sent on three different trips.  The time has come to turn these paintings over to the Air Force.  For about three months these pieces will be on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB.  

My trip to Manas Air Field in Kyrgyzstan was as close as I could get to Afghanistan.  I took advantage of seeing our brave young men and women make their last pitstop before heading to Afghanistan and in some cases, heading home from their first, second or third tour.

The trip to Los Angeles was for the artists to get a better understanding of the Air Force's part in space exploration and technology.  Most of the stuff that they were talking about we couldn't actually see or take photos of but somehow I was able to put together a decent piece.  

"Working on the Mini-RF" - 14" x 24" - oil

My last and most recent journey took me to Elmendorf's AFB near Anchorage, Alaska.  The 477th Fighter Group was the initially a bombardment group to help train the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.  This group was reactivated in 2007 and they became the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly, maintain and support the F22A Raptor.  Basically, it's a big deal.  You can read about the full trip through this link http://www.jber.army.mil/aw/2010/100416/Story8.htm



"Elmendorf's 477th Fighter Group: Air Force Reserve Command's First F-22A Raptor"

5 comments:

Queen*B Studio said...

Steven I am in awe of your talent. You really capture reality. I'm glad your sharing your pieces with the air force :) They must really enjoy seeing your work. I also love your space work, I am a big geek when it comes to artwork of space and the universe LOL! If I could only paint stuff like that! Great pieces, glad your sharing with us :)

Dawn

Steven S. Walker said...

Thank you Dawn! I hope that the Air Force enjoys the pieces. There are a lot of talented artists in the program. Painting the space piece made me wish that I had paid more attention in science class. Thank you for the kudos!

r garriott said...

Your work never ceases to amaze. Stellar illustrations.

Steven S. Walker said...

Thanks Garriott! I will do my best to continue to amaze.

melocoton said...

very neat.
can i ask what you do for the US Air Force?

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