Aviation art came into my life from very far away in time, as airplanes did.
I have fond memories of my dad making incredibly nice models; at that time he was
already on those wonders like Airfix 1/24s. It must have been more than thirty-five
years ago, but I do remember when he took us to the shop to buy the next new model,
or when we were making models together on Sundays. Like many other youngsters of
my age, I soon became a modeller myself, meeting with school mates and going together
buying new model kits in the local small shop. They were mostly Airfix 1/72, sometimes
Matchbox too and I remember digging into the dusty shelves searching for strange
planes. We used to spend endless afternoons hanging around with these small planes,
often loaded with far too much glue or paint. When the modeller age came to an end,
my interest moved to vintage airplanes. I subscribed to some dedicated magazines
and there I discovered about the aviation art world.
Parents say that I started drawing planes at about four, but my first aviation painting,
a copy of a Mosquito picture, came in the mid 90s.
While making the first painting experiments, I soon discovered how I liked sketching
on paper, sometimes preparing the composition of the next painting, which is something
I still do.
In the following years I developed my own sketching and painting techniques and today
I find sketching a very relaxing and enjoyable activity, as you can create new compositions
taking an airplane picture or model here, a landscape there, a human scene somewhere
else. Today I like a lot to draw human activity around the colourful bush planes
of the 60s and 70s.
Drawings are generally drawn on acid free 220 grs medium paper using a wide range
of pencil and graphite. Paintings are made in oil on canvas with high quality paints
and generally a mix of oil and turpentine as medium. Drawings and paintings are
entirely hand made with no other aid or software.