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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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  We can discuss options that make a piece affordable for almost anyone.





Live from the studio…

This is happening right now in the studio. Work continues on the USS Enterprise as Rick begins work on the island of the aircraft carrier. The F-4 Phantom has just been launched.  The H-3 aircrew rescue helicopter is flying parallel to the carrier during flight ops.

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Tonight in the studio…


The USS Enterprise drawing “on the canvas” is nearly finished. I’ve been experimenting with the sizes and angles of the Phantom launching off the catapult, the rescue helicopter, and the escort destroyer. The next thing I’ll do before beginning to paint is to sketch in the basic skyscape. Once finished, this painting will begin a long journey to its new home with a collector in Bangkok, Thailand.

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