New Osprey Original Painting

Just completed the latest Osprey book cover art.  This one depicts a Nakajima B5N ‘Kate releasing its torpedo during an attack on United States Navy warships during the Pacific War.

This painting is the first ever for Osprey when the author has failed to provide adequate references for a particular combat or action.  As such, the painting is generic as possible, along with the description!  It is however based upon the attack on USS Hornet during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands 25-27 October 1942.

The original painting is now for sale, just click on the image for more details.


JG53 Aces of 1940 Original Painting (NOW SOLD)


Just completed the latest Osprey book cover painting, this time for JG53 Aces of 1940. Around midday on 12th August 1940, Hptm Hans Karl Mayer of 1/JG53 bounced a section of Hurricanes from 145 Squadron just south of the Isle of Wight. In the ensuing combat all three Hurricanes were shot down, two by Mayer and one by his wingman Rühl. The RAF pilots, Wilhelm Pankratz, Josef Kwiecinski (both Polish) and John Harrison were all lost without trace in the Channel.
The original painting has just sold click on the image for more details.


Latest Osprey cover art – Heinkel 162



…and the latest Osprey book cover painting, this time for Heinkel He162 Volksjäger Units, although not sure if it should actually be ‘Unit’! The painting depicts a scene as described by the author Robert Forsyth; “On the morning of 4 May 1945, just a few hours before the German surrender in western Europe, Leutnant Rudolf Schmitt, Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 1, fired at a Hawker Tempest south-east of Husum . He recorded in his logbook that he had ‘fired upon the enemy aircraft with effect’. The low-level encounter was over in seconds, but it had been a rare meeting between the He 162 Volksjäger and an RAF fighter in the closing hours of the war.”
The original painting is now for sale just click on the image for more details.

57 Squadron 100th Anniversary Painting


Haven’t posted much on here recently as I’ve had my head down in one of the most complicated paintings I’ve ever produced. Commissioned for the 100th Anniversary of 57 Squadron, the brief was to show all twenty aircraft types flown by the squadron since 1916, along with three phoenixes and two pilots! The idea was to show the two very similar pilots walking away from their respective aircraft differing only in their flying clothing. Big thanks to Gene and Nick and Amy at Wingnut for their great help with the WWI flying clothing and to the squadron for providing refs for the modern pilot.  57 Squadron was more or less wiped out in a matter of days during the First World War, hence its phoenix emblem and the motto ‘Corpus non animum muto’ which roughly translates as ‘I change my body, not my spirit’.