If Only I Could Fly

Gazing skyward and dreaming of flying…  and that’s how it starts.

Like so many others who eventually realized what flight was like, I remember being a young boy and staring up at the sky and having a dream. My boyhood home and farm was on the flight path for student pilots from our small country airport. As I worked long hours in the fields I would daydream watching Piper Cubs and Cessnas as they lazily flew over and made their turn go go back to the airport.

This painting has been my most popular piece because it resonates so well with so many people. I hope you enjoy the image and it brings back happy memories of those innocent days spent gazing up at the skies.

Canvas is shipped unstretched. Please feel free to contact me for more information or framing options.

Framed original oil is available. Please contact us for a quote;  Serious inquiries only.  *** ORIGINAL SOLD**** 

Prints on heavy archival stock in two sizes:

  • Print: Size 15 x 18 inches image size (19 x 23 inches overall size) – signed and numbered limited edition $125  
  • Premium Print: Size 22 x 27 inches image size (26 x 32 inches overall size) – signed and numbered limited edition $195
Limited edition rolled canvas in two sizes:
  • Canvas: Size 22 1/2 x 27 inches – signed and numbered limited edition is $345
  • Premium Enhanced Canvas:  Size 30 x 36 inches (same as original painting) – only 50 copies in the signed and numbered limited edition is $495

 

Horse of a Different Color: A Newfound Freedom

Horse of a Different Color: A Newfound Freedom

Horse of a Different Color: A Newfound Freedom                   (click for larger image)

In the mid to late nineteenth-century, the frontier and its rugged heroes became the protagonists of American lore. Cowboys were popular symbols of freedom across the nation, and their seemingly romantic lives in the West fascinated Americans who were forced to remain in stifling urban centers. As barbed wire enclosed more and more of the open range and true cattle driving cowboys became a rare breed, a new embodiment of freedom landed in the frontier.  In the early 1900’s, there was a new symbol of freedom found in aviation.  With a newfound dominion over the skies and a legendary lordship of the open range, freedom and its many forms was central to life in the American West.

In this painting, a Curtis JN-4 Jenny has made a surprise landing in a pasture within the Teton Valley of Wyoming. Running low on gas, flying over rugged territory, the pilot decided to set down and seek replenishment from a local shopkeeper. As this unusual event is taking place some of the locals happen upon the scene. You can only imagine what the cowboy and his herd must be thinking:  “Well, tarnation, look at that! Now that’s what I call, “A Horse of a Different Color!!”

Framed original oil is available. Please contact us for a quote.   **ORIGINAL OIL SOLD**

This original is offered in two limited editions:

Print on heavy archival paper:

  • Premium Print: Size 14 x 36 inches (18 x 40 overall size)  – signed and numbered limited edition is $195
Limited edition canvas:
  • Canvas: Size 14 x 36 inches with only 100 in the signed and numbered limited edition.  Limited edition is $345

Canvas is shipped unstretched. Please feel free to contact me for more information or framing options.

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Sword of Thunder

Sword of Thunder

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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.

ALL PRINTS AND CANVASES SOLD OUT

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Thunder over Kunar


Thunder Over Kunar by Rick Herter
Rick Herter was commissioned by the 74th Fighter Squadron, the World Famous Flying Tigers, while they were still deployed and in combat over the skies of Afghanistan in 2013. The squadron requested a specific battle that they had flown in, re-created by the artist and the result is his finest A-10 piece to date, Thunder over Kunar.   Early on the morning of 6 April 2013, a small American team in Kunar Province, Afghanistan became surrounded by a much larger enemy force. Taking heavy fire and in danger of being overrun, the American element called for Close Air Support; the call was answered by A-10s from the 74th Fighter Squadron. Working in close coordination with AH-64 Apaches and AC-130 gunships, the several flights of “Hawgs” located, marked and prosecuted numerous enemy positions on the high terrain. When a Quick Reaction Force convoy was sent to extract the American team, it, too, took heavy fire from the surrounding mountains as it bottlenecked in the treacherous passes. The 74th pilots worked throughout the day to break contact with the enemy, expending 5,470 rounds of 30 mm cannon and 4500 lbs of ordnance in a firefight that lasted eight hours. The A-10s remained overhead until all friendly forces were extracted; the Taliban ended the day in full retreat, having suffered over 50 casualties.


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Order: Thunder Over Kunar

The overall print size is 26 1/2″ High x 33″ Wide. The print image area is, 21 1/2 x 30


The Standard Edition is signed and numbered by the artist with 174 prints in the edition. The print will also be signed by several Flying Tiger pilots of the current 74th FS.

  • Standard Edition Prints: $145.00
The Chennault Edition is signed and numbered and limited to 50 prints. Each print has a P-40 drawing by the artist reproduced in the Drawingboarder of the print. In addition to the drawing the print is also signed by several members of the current squadron who flew combat over Afghanistan
  • Chennault edition: $225.00

Taking the Scenic Tour


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The F-14 Tomcat has been the Navy’s front line fighter since the 1970’s. In Rick Herter’s scenic portrayal, three Tomcats on a cross country flight enjoy a majestic view of the surrounding landscape. This historic formation features an F-14A from VF-14, the Top Hatters, in the lead. The right wing aircraft is an F-14B from VF-143, the world Famous Pukin Dogs. Completing the formation is the newest version of the Tomcat, an F-14D Super Tomcat of VF-31 the Tom Catters. The F-14 Tomcats have all been retired. All three of these squadrons were based at NAS Oceana, VA, which as home for all Tomcat Squadrons that served on east coast based aircraft carriers.  Oceana is also known as the home of Fighter Wing, Atlantic Fleet.



Order: Taking the Scenic Tour


  • Limited Edition Prints: 20″ x 8″
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Paper Print – 200 Limited Editions….$75

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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:

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

Image area 15″ x 27″ – overall print size 20″ x 31″   $145.00

• Limited Edition Canvas – Signed and numbered – Canvas is shipped rolled.

Canvas size: 15″ x 27    $295.00

 

• Limited Edition Canvas – Signed and numbered – Canvas is shipped rolled.

Size is the same as the original oil painting – 20″ x 36.    $495.00

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Dawn Operations, Abe Lincoln Style

The USS Lincoln, like many of her sister ships, are floating cities. Each is a self-sustained floating airport that’s sovereign U.S. territory. When deployed, they operate with their own ZIP code, post office, hospital, dental clinic, barbershops, athletic facilities and chapels. More than 18,000 meals are prepared daily for a crew of over 5000. The Carrier Air Wing, or CVW operates with approximately 80 aircraft from rescue helicopters to fighter aircraft and the ship and aircraft operate 24/7.

In my painting I wanted to capture this awesome warship that never sleeps, juxtaposed to even greater elements of the sky and sea at dawn. If you look closely you’ll see an aircraft about to be launched, it’s afterburners glowing in anticipation of being flung down the deck by the catapult. Aircraft from past deployments like the now retired F-14 Tomcat sit parked near the fan tail of the vessel. And on final approach an F/A-18 Hornet is about to trap (land) aboard. You also see one of the many additional vessels of the Carrier Battle Group. An escort destroyer plies the waters ahead of the mighty Lincoln giving protection and support on another long day of operations. As the artist I dedicate this painting to all sailors, past and present, who stand watch worldwide for liberty and freedom.

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Order: Dawn Operations, Abe Lincoln Style

Signed and numbered.

Choose from:

• 172 Printed Paper Editions …$125
Printed size: 11″ x 21″

• 172 Canvas Limited Editions (Unstretched/Shipped Rolled)…$245
Canvas size: 14″ x 24″


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In the Courtyard of God

A Navy F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron Two, The Bounty Hunters, cruises above a brilliant sunlit cloud deck. As the crew makes haste for their destination the subtle colors of the afterburner are visible against the oncoming night sky.

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Not your squadron? The canvas edition can be customized to include your squadron markings and even F-14 variant!  Contact me for details.


Order a print of: In the Courtyard of God

Prints are signed by the artist and numbered


Choose from:

  • 114 Paper Giclée Limited Editions: Image size 12″ x 22″ Overall paper size 16″ x 25″     $155
  • 114 Canvas Giclée Limited Editions (Rolled): Image size 12″ x 22″   $235
  • *Canvas Giclée Limited Edition w/ customization* (Rolled)….$385

*Add customization to any squadron markings or Tomcat model variant! (Please indicate squadron and variant in comments section during checkout.)

 


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Heading Home Reflections

Heading Home Reflections

Two weary pilots, heading home after a tough mission, are treated to God’s pallet as the sun’s fading light paints the sky. This piece evokes a feeling of peace in the midst of war.

The Corsair was one of the most celebrated fighter/bomber aircraft in the Pacific theater. As well as being a tough adversary in air-to air combat against Japanese fighters, the airplane could also be used as a dive bomber and fitted with rockets became a perfect choice for supporting troops on the ground. The airplane performed so well during World War II that it was carried over and used in the Korean War. The F-4U was made famous in the 70’s TV show Baa Baa Black Sheep which depicted the story of Marine flying ace, Gregory “Pappy” Boington. The famed Navy Ace, Ira Kepford, of VF-17, the Jolly Rogers, flew the plane in scoring many of his aerial victories as well. The two F-4U Corsairs depicted in this painting by Rick Herter were from the Second Marine Air Division, based at Kadena airfield on the island of Okinawa late in the war.

This NEW canvas edition is very limited. The limited edition paper version of this print has been sold out and only available on the secondary market. Each canvas is printed to order and inspected before being signed and numbered by the artist.

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Order: Heading Home Reflections

Signed and numbered

Choose from:

Limited Edition of 50 Canvases
  • Canvas unstretched …$395
  • Canvas size: 18″ x 30″

 

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Carrying the Flame

The painting depicts a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 making a low pass of the Statue of Liberty. The aircraft is from the 102nd Fighter Wing, the same unit that was first scrambled to protect the skies over New York City after the World Trade Center attack. The painting is meant to remind us that we as a country, stand for liberty and freedom in the face of tyranny and evil. The members of the United States Armed Forces are the first line of defense and carry that, “Flame of Freedom” around the world every day. This painting was created to honor that commitment.

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Order a print of: Carrying the Flame

Canvas prints only.  Signed and numbered.

Image size: 12″ x 18″

Choose from:

• 150 Canvas Limited Editions (Unstretched)….$165


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