Featured in this gallery is my growing collection of commissioned personalized fine art paintings.
Nautical Memorial Tribute
Here is another personalized painting that was presented as a Christmas gift in remembrance of a loved one. I thought it would be a creative idea to feature a painting of the father who was an avid recreational boater into the ship’s wheel. He found solitude and peace through boating and enjoyed Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Myrtle Beach and the marinas of the eastern seaboard. In the background is featured a vintage nautical map of the Atlantic Ocean filtered with a sunrise off of Myrtle Beach. To the left was his favorite lighthouse, Cape Hatteras with various scenes of the beach spread throughout the painting.
Black Scarves Battalion of the Big Red One
Featured here is my third personalized painting commissioned request for a special birthday present for a Vietnam veteran. Mr. Fred Fattore was a soldier with the Black Scarves battalion of the famous ‘Big Red One’ during the Vietnam War. Fred’s wife had seen the first Vietnam painting shown above which I created for a client as a Christmas gift for her children. She liked it so much and was looking for something uniquely special for her husband’s birthday in February. Aside from this commissioned piece which I created for Mr. Fattore, I included a collection of artist proofs to be given to his fellow comrades for their battalion’s scheduled reunion in the Spring, 2012.
On 30 April 1966 in a sweep through the village of Lo Go, the 1st Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting and it was during this time that a large quantity of black cloth was captured. This cloth was used by the Viet Cong to make their “Black Pajama” uniforms. At the direction of battalion commander, LTC Richard Prillaman, this cloth was made into scarves to be worn by the battalion’s soldiers. LTC Prillaman wanted to be able to distinguish his battalion from other division soldiers and to provide the soldiers with something more appropriate than the towels the men were wearing around their necks. It is from this that the battalion has as its nickname “Black Scarves”. The printing on the scarves was a different color for each company: HHC – yellow, Company A – red, Company B – white, Company C – blue and Company D – green.
Dale McCracken Motorcycle Tribute
This painting was created as an everlasting tribute to Dale McCracken of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, who tragically lost his life on July 16, 2012 in a motorcycle accident. Several biker friends asked me to create this painting in order to help raise funds for Dale’s children to collect funds both for Dale’s funeral expenses as well as future motorcycle fundraisers in his memory. Dale was an engaging and friendly guy to everyone that he came into contact with. His motorcycle was his pride and joy and he rode it in all types of weather. He was a former marine with a great respect for his country and would greet you with a firm working man’s handshake. When people would ask him how he was doing he would say “life is good!” He was the kind of guy that you wanted on your side and he will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him.
This painting was created for a woman’s husband for his birthday featuring his sleek beloved Plymouth Barracuda muscle car in a burn-out.
Police Officer Tribute
Featured here is a personalized tribute illustration I created in honor of Lt. Eric Eslary who was a police officer from Ligonier Township in Pennsylvania and lost in the line of duty. Every once in awhile, I receive commissions from police departments across the country to create these artistic memorials as an everlasting tribute for fellow police officers. Lieutenant Eric Eslary lost his life in the line of duty in a vehicle collision when his SUV patrol vehicle was struck head-on by an intoxicated driver in a van driving the wrong way on the divided highway. His canine partner suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery at an emergency animal hospital. Lieutenant Eslary had served with the Ligonier Township Police Department for seventeen years. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Police Officer Tribute II
Featured here is a painting I was commissioned to create for one of my fans for her friend to memorialize her father who passed away at the end of January, 2013. Arthur Curtis Moss, Jr. who was born in Newport News, Virginia was a retired special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, ATF and served as a trooper with the Virginia State Police. Mr. Moss also served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy.