Sword of Thunder

Sword of Thunder

Sword of Thunder (click for larger image)

From the earliest days of armed conflict, mankind carried weapons into battle under the power and intimidation of Horseback. Warriors from the all four corners of the globe charged into the face of their enemies with the advantage of height, speed, power. and the thunderous noise of an oncoming cavalry.

This painting, “Sword of Thunder,” was commissioned by the Boeing Company to celebrate the delivery of the new Apache Longbow presented to The Royal Saudi Land Forces of Saudi Arabia. The RSLF traces their history back to Bedouin warriors riding into battle on their powerful, beautiful Arabian steeds.

In this painting, Rick captures the power, intimidation, and lethality of the modern helicopter gunship juxtaposed to the warrior history of centuries prior.

This painting is available in a variety of sizes on both Canvas and Paper.

  • Canvas sizes are: 26 x 36 inches with only 64 in the limited edition.  Premium edition is $435.00
  • Canvas size 18 x 24 inches with 100 copies in the signed and numbered limited edition is $265.00
  • Premium Paper edition, measuring 21 x 29 inches and consisting of 64 signed and numbered prints is $295.00
  • Collectors Paper edition, measuring 16 x 22 inches, contains 100 prints in the edition is $165.00

Into the Wind; The USS Enterprise on Yankee Station

One of the most storied warships to ever sail the oceans was the USS Enterprise, CVN-65. The Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched on November 25, 1961 and served for 51 years until inactivated on December 1, 2012.

The first deployment at the tip of the spear for the gallant warship was in the fall of 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Rounding out her career, Enterprise and her strike aircraft supported combat operations in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Into the Wind, Enterprise on Yankee Station” depicts a typical combat service off the coast of Vietnam.  The waters off the coast of Vietnam were nicknamed “Yankee Station” by the carriers and their crews. In this particular scene, fighters and strike aircraft from the Carrier Air Wing launch into the color drenched, tropical sky for an early evening attack on North Vietnamese targets. F-4 Phantoms will provide the protective escort against enemy MiG’s while A-6 Intruders and A-4 Skyhawks will rain steel.

As the artist, my hope is that this image will be a fitting tribute to the great ship and all who crewed and flew from her deck, during times of peace and war.

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Order: Into the Wind

Signed and numbered.

Choose from:

• Open Edition Print – Signed…$125

Image area 10″ x 18″ – overall print size 14″ x 22″

• Limited Edition Print (only 65 available) – Signed and numbered with USS Enterprise Logo.

Image area 15″ x 27″ – overall print size 20″ x 31″ …$295.00

• Limited Edition Canvas – Signed, numbered, and hand embellished by the artist

Size is the same as the original oil painting – 20″ x 36. This personalized canvas will have a portion of the image, hand painted by the artist.   $595.00

Contact the artist for frame sizes and pricing.

 

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Today in the studio…

“Flying the Union Jack” is the working title for the latest A-380 painting in my series for Airbus.

This painting will showcase the first A-380 to enter service with British Airways a little later this year.  As the majestic aircraft flies down the River Thames, if you look closely, you will be able to pick out landmarks like Big Ben, Parliament, and the London Eye. It was said that the sun never sets on the British Empire. With each passing month, more A-380s are being delivered to airlines around the world.  The sun never sets on A-380 flights around the globe.

Prints will be available once Airbus receives the original oil painting and presents it to British Airways.

From the Studio to Thailand

It continues to fascinate me that I can work with people around the world via modern technology and the internet. This painting of the USS Enterprise on Yankee Station during Vietnam is one of my current projects. The piece was commissioned by a customer in Bangkok, Thailand.

As the painting has come to life, I’ve been able to email these photos of progress every few days.   My customer, Chakrit, has been able to interact with me and watch his painting come to life. It’s not quite as personal as having him come by the studio and watch. Nonetheless, technology has connected customer and artist and we’ve both had fun as a result!

If you may be interested in commissioning an original painting, go to the “contact” tab and shoot me a note! Or feel free to email me at RickHerterArt@gmail.com.  We can discuss options that make a piece affordable for almost anyone.

 

 

 

 

Wingspan of the Empire

The largest passenger aircraft in the world, the double-decker Airbus A-380 flown by China Southern Airlines, makes for an awesome sight as it passes near the Great Wall of China.


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Order a print of: Wingspan of the Empire

Canvas prints only. Signed and numbered.

Image size:  30″ x 20″

Limited edition of 100 canvas reproductions

Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425

Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475

Includes a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture. International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.


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Turning Final for Cairo

A TWA Boeing 707 makes preparations on a long final approach for Cairo International Airport as it passes the Pyramids of Giza.


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Order a print of: Turning Final for Cairo

Canvas prints only. Signed and numbered.

Image size: 30″ x 20 ”

Choose from:

Limited edition of 100 canvas reproductions

  • Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425

  • Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475

Includes a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture. International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.


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Star over the City of Lights

The largest passenger aircraft in the world, the double-decker Airbus A-380 flown by Air France makes for an awesome sight as it passes over Paris, France.


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Order a print of: Star over the City of Lights

Signed by the artist and numbered


  • Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475
  • Canvas edition: 30″ x 20″
  • Limited edition of 100 canvas reproductionsIncludes a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture.
    International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.

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Paris Twilight Climb-out

The majestic Airbus A-380 of Air France climbs out over the sparkling lights of Paris. On the ground darkness is already descending and the city lights begin twinkling below. The world’s most advance passenger jet roars its way to altitude a few thousand feet above the French nightlife.  Vibrant colors of faint daylight brush across the sky and give a warm glow to the Air France flagship as it begins its overseas voyage.

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Order a print of: Paris Twilight Climb-out

Signed by the artist and numbered


  • Limited edition of 100 canvas reproductions
  • Canvas edition: 33″ x 21″
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475
  • Includes a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture.
    International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.

 


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Pacific Thunder

Since its 1953 inception, the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds, have flashed through the sky in awesome displays of aerial thunder. The team has been called “America’s Ambassadors in Blue.”  They have visited all 50 states and over 60 nations. The team has flown aircraft from the F-84 to the F-16 before nearly 300 million people, never having to cancel a show due to mechanical difficulties.

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Order a print of: Pacific Thunder

Signed and numbered by the artist


  • 950 Limited editions….$110
  • 30″ x 14″

 


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Legacy of Leadership

The majestic beauty of the 747 and the proud history of TWA are portrayed in this dramatic image of a TWA 747 climbing out for an overnight ocean crossing. In 1997 an era ended as the 747 was phased out of the TWA fleet. The artist and publisher dedicated this fine art print to all of those who have served aboard the majestic lady, and a portion of the print sales were donated to “Friends of Flight 800 Fund” for the children of TWA personnel lost aboard Flight 800.

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Order a print of: Legacy of Leadership

Signed by the artist and numbered


  • 800 Limited Editions….$75 (No longer available)
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (rolled)….$425
  • Giclée Canvas Edition (stretched)….$475
  • Paper edition: 24″ x 18½”
  • Canvas edition: 30″ x 20″Canvas editions include a protective clear coat which provides a slight brush stroke texture.
    International orders will only ship rolled due to excessive shipping costs of large parcels.

 


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