"I seek to express not what is said, but what is thought and done, by means of poetic visualizations of time, experience and adventure".
Raymond Paul Moats
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My artistic inspiration is in DaVinci's engineering ability and insight.
The majestic, studied excellence of Ferris, Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth and
Remington are great examples to note. Art, design and structural engineering are
my core interests from my youngest of days. It is what I always have done.
I also admire the late author, Ayn Rand, for her literary prowess and powerful
insights about creativity. One of her best comments is, we do what we create
by a "right, morale premise."
I paint Aviation, the history, technology, man and machine. My art can be
called a realist impressionistic style that draws on technical imagination, color
perception, the energy and dynamics of flight. Yet my work is not limited to
aviation subjects alone. I also illustrate critters, landscapes, scenes of needed
things, maritime art and I am a photographer. Wood work, furniture design
and re-purposing found wood objects is one of my first loves.
I relish the challenge illustrating the abstract concept to create visual realities
with my favorite art medium, oils on canvas or panel. At times, I might also do
some pen and ink with watercolor.
Always an objectivist, my passion for the Great Spiritual Truths so eloquently
drafted into the United States Declaration of Independence and its Constitution
are the heart and core of my work, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"
in my art, writing and presentations. As the fathers of this nation were bibliophiles,
so too am I. The Great Creator is at the core of my beliefs and way of life.
I am a published artist, illustrator and photographer. My venue is print media, books,
magazine covers, articles, trade journals, house organs, advertising and film, and yes,
sign making. I have been recognized with awards and noticed in the press, local and
national, for my flair and art directing ability. It is an honor I have enjoyed, that
industry, military and national leaders have been presented with my creations.
I have flown with the Air Force Art Program. My works have been in memorials
and museums, in Germany and the states. I was a contributing artist for the
McGuire Foundation and Air Mobility Command at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
and am a past member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
The aircraft I have flown in, as a passenger, crew, observer or student piloted.
AA-1 Yankee, C-46A, C-119G, DC-6B, U-4, L-19, C-131, C-130A, C-130H, C-5A,
C-141B, C-47, DC-3, C-54, B-17G, UH-1, C-206, C-205, Piper Aztec, Aero Commander 900,
7AC Champ, J3 Cub, B-35 Bonanza, T-34, Piper Apachee, Mooney 20A,
Piper Cherokee, 140, 235, 300 Six, Cessna,C-172, C-150, C-152, C-182,
C-310, T-6A, MD-82, C-9A, DC-8, DC-10, BAC 111, and the B-737 .
All fun and some scarey.