Career Summary Paintings
Retiring from a career as a professional pilot is a bittersweet milestone. The odd hours, the long days, or the frustrating days of bad weather or delays won't be missed; and there won't be any more holidays spent in a hotel far from family and loved ones. But there will also be no more of those breathtaking sunrises over distant lands, or the satisfaction of guiding a complex piece of technology through a perfect approach under difficult conditions; and the friendships that will become more difficult to maintain without the common connection of the workplace.
A career summary painting is a unique and very personalized way to recognize this important moment. Choosing a specific selection of aircraft, including military, commercial, corporate, or general aviation, artist Jerry Anderson can create a gift that will bring lasting pleasure during the years following retirement. Using both his extensive personal library and online sources, he can research specific paint schemes, airline liveries, and squadron markings to produce an accurate family heirloom to honor your retiring aviator.
Pricing for career summary paintings varies widely, depending upon factors such as size, number of aircraft, detail of background, insignias, etc. Please contact Jerry to discuss ideas and pricing!
Air Traffic Controller/Aircraft Dispatcher career portrait
Schmidt Career (2018)
"Father and Son, Flight of Two" (2017)
Carter Retirement (2017)
Dash-8 Over Afghanistan (2011)
Schaffer Career (2017)
(Click on image for the full story of this painting)
"Final Salute to a Warrior" (2014)
"The Deer and the Canberra" (2008)
(Narrative submitted by Edd Draper)
During his service as a pilot with the Royal Air Force, Flt. Lt. Draper flew the English Electric Canberra PR.7's on photo reconnaissance missions out of RAF Wildenrath, West Germany.Their primary objective was to photograph the activities of East German and Soviet military forces behind the "Iron Curtain" at extremely low level. It was December 1967, and the North Rhine/Westphaila region was blanketed in fresh, deep snow...a picturesque winter scene. Someone got the bright idea to use the reconnaissance cameras on the PR.7's to capture the scene and reproduce it as a squadron Christmas card. And so it was that Flt. Lt. Draper found himself in Canberra WH803 at about 50ft above the German countryside, the landscape rushing past him at 500kt. Zeroing in on a group of deer standing in the middle of an open field and looking particularly festive, Draper pointed his nose directly at them and flicked on his cameras. In his exuberance to capture the photo, he almost failed to notice rising terrain directly ahead of his speeeding aircraft....an immediate, full-power climb was required to clear the hills! Suitably chastened, Draper returned to base with his photos. Unfortunately, with the high speed pass and low altitude, the cameras could not focus properly so photos were too blurry to use for their intended purpose.
As a child, Flt. Lt. Draper's son Edd loved to look through his father's collection of old photos from his service days; they were a window into the Cold War of the late 1960s, with a variety of aircraft, Soviet ships, steam trains, amphibious assault vehicles, and all sorts of other visual treats to fire a young boy's imagination. But the story of the out-of-focus deer was always his favourite, and his father loved to tell the story. It is often the case that the favourite tales of those who've served in the armed forces are not the most dangerous or terrifying ones, and usually not combat stories at all; often the ones remebered best are the funny stories which are the most enjoyanle to retell. Although the photo is blurry, the image of the deer bolting like hell to get out of the way of a screaming, 50,000lb camera platform bearing down on them at 500kts is quite funny!
Years after the fact, the younger Draper, by then a pilot himself, commissioned Jerry to re-create this famous event as a gift to his father. Many months of back-and-forth communications and research followed to make sure the aircraft, markings, scenery, and weather were correct. The final result is absolutely stunning, and even though it was created from photos and second-hand information, it captures the essence of the tale (if not quite the first-hand memories of Flt. Lt. Draper himself exactly) in a magical way. It was a lovely surprise gift, and the elder Draper was very moved upon seeing it for the first time.It now has pride of place in his home, where he loves to show it and tell the story to visitors who haven't heard it before. "The Deer and the Canberra"...it sounds like an Aesop's fable!
Zeiler Retirement Southwest Airlines (2006)
"A Tradition of Service" (2007)
This painting was the result of a request from a client who wanted to present a gift for her fiance upon his return from service in Afghanistan. It is a unique family heritage montage, depicting three generations of military service, divided among four individuals.
The story begins with the C-47 depicted in the upper right of the painting. This was flown by a young pilot during the D-Day invasion in France on June 6, 1944. The pilot of this aircraft, prior to deployment to Europe, found out that his girlfriend was pregnant. Upon his return from the war, he attempted to contact his girlfriend, only to be told by her mother that she had run away from home. In reality, she had been sent to a home for unwed mothers. The young pilot never saw his girlfriend again, nor ever met his daughter, who had been put up for adoption. When the child grew up, she married the man who flew the MC-130H in the upper left of the painting, and became the mother of the client's fiance, who is the pilot of the C-130J in the foreground. And as an additional tribute, the paratrooper leaping from the C-47 represents the client's own grandfather, who parachuted into France on D-Day as well.
All in all, a very unique and inspiring painting!
Christiana Retirement US Airways (2002)
SWA Retirement (2006)
US Airways composite
Entriken Career (2000)
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