Defiants over Dunkirk



…and finally the Defiants over Dunkirk painting is finished. This final painting of the Dunkirk trilogy shows Squadron Leader Phillip Hunter in L6973 PS-A under the starboard wing and Pilot Officer Young under the port wing in L7003 PS-L pouring fire into a Heinkel by flying in the bomber’s blind spots.   This tactic also proved to be a success for other crews on this day and was one of many pre-planned attack profiles that the squadron had practiced.  This combat took place over Dunkirk on 27th May 1940 around 12.30hrs.

Thanks to all of you who pitched in with your comments on Facebook last week. I’m flying over to the UK at the end of this week to sign the prints so they’re available to order now as is the original 40″ x 20″ canvas, for more details CLICK HERE

Defiant painting underway

Suitably refreshed from our holiday, I’m now working on the third in the Dunkirk trilogy of paintings, depicting Boulton Paul Defiants of 264 Squadron.  The Defiant has always been regarded as outclassed in 1940 but it was more a victim of changing circumstances.  It was always designed as a bomber destroyer when the idea of enemy fighters roaming over England was inconceivable.  The invasion of France and the Low Countries changed all that and the Defiant rarely got the opportunity to fight in the way it was intended until it was deployed as a night fighter.   However, on 27 May 1940, 264 Squadron ran into 12 He111s over Dunkirk, and with no fighters around they set about the Heinkels using their carefully rehearsed tactics.   My painting will show this combat using the C/O Sqn Ldr Phillip Hunter’s aircraft as the main subject.   More details in the next few days…

On Holiday!


As Polish winters can be a bit nippy, we’ve taken the chance to escape to some winter sunshine in the Caribbean.  We’ll be in St Lucia until next weekend so please forgive any slow responses to emails over the last couple of weeks, we’re five hours behind here and I have absolutely no idea what day it is already!

RARE Veteran Signed prints found!



Back in the 1990s I was very fortunate to have my work published by AVM ‘J E ‘Johnnie’ Johnson’s publishing company, Skyscapes Aviation Art.  Those were great days, Johnnie would brief me on the subject matter, I would paint the canvas and then Johnnie’s son Chris would publish the prints and drive them around Europe getting them hand signed by the famous veterans.  Those were the ‘glory days’ of the aviation art print market where we regularly sold out of editions of 1000 copies!  After Johnnie passed away, I took my percentage of prints and sold them very quickly as even by then, the rare signatures were becoming highly sought-after.

Now after almost 20 years, we’ve discovered a few remaining copies of those prints in mint condition and are pleased to be able to offer them for sale again here. These prints include the top seven-signature editions of Kameraden, Bismarck into Battle and Regensburg-No Place to Hide along with a few copies of Hunting Owls.  Don’t miss this unique chance to collect these rare signatures of men who sailed the Bismarck, commanded U-Boats and flew with JG26 against the 8th Air Force!  CLICK HERE for more details in our Special and Rare Items section.

Time To Go Timelapse – Part Two

…and finally, here is the second part of my timelapse work-in-progress video for the new painting ‘Time to Go’. It depicts a Lancaster of 460 Squadron, (ED664 ‘A Aussie’) just about to release the brakes and head for Berlin during the autumn of 1943. This is my own little tribute to an old friend of mine, Ted Groom who flew a lot of his first tour aboard ED664.
The original canvas is 44″ x 20″ is now available for sale, CLICK HERE for more details.   Limited edition prints are also now available for sale, CLICK HERE to purchase those.


Until 1st January 2018 we will send a copy of ‘Back for Christmas’, a small 40cm x 35cm print, signed and numbered by the artist absolutely FREE with every order of ‘Time to Go’.


New Lancaster painting – Timelapse part one


At this time of year I usually try to clear a slot in my schedule for a ‘seasonal’ scene, inspired by the low sun and autumn/winter hues all around us.  These invariably end up being Bomber Command subjects as the bleak airfields tend to suit winter scenes whereas fighters tend to feel more at home in summer skies!

So I’m half-way through this year’s painting.  It’s another Lancaster at dispersal but this one will be ready to go, props turning, chocks away and bomb doors closed.  Here’s a short video of progress so far using timelapse and conventional film, the painting should be complete by 16th November so look out for the second part after then along with details of prints etc.  Incidentally, I’m planning to keep the Lanc pretty generic as you can’t see the squadron codes, but if any collector fancies the original I’d be happy to add specific markings/nose art to suit.  Canvas size is 44″ x 20″.  Just get in touch via the Contact Us link above.

New Osprey Original Painting – He177s over London



Having just completed the design work on Luftwaffe Crash Archive Vol 11 covering Operation Steinbock, it was a real pleasure then to be commissioned to paint the mighty He177 for Osprey’s forthcoming book on the type.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do and convinced the author to trust me on it!  The result is shown here, a couple of He177s over London, with fires, smoke, searchlights and flak all adding to the drama of the scene.  An ideal set of elements for any aviation artist which I think has resulted in one of my strongest Osprey covers to date.  The original painting is now SOLD.


Hurricanes over Dunkirk


After six long weeks this second painting in the Dunkirk trilogy is finally ready.  It depicts Hurricanes of 601, 79 and 145 Squadrons engaging 40+ Me110s directly overhead Dunkirk on the second day of Operation Dynamo, 27th May 1940.   P2568 was flown by Sir Archibald Hope on this day and he ended up having to force land on the beach just east of Dunkirk.   I’ll be posting a Work-in-Progress video in the next few days which will hopefully explain why this one took so long!  Prints and original painting are now available, click HERE for more details.