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Art Show: The Art of War

"Island Queen"

by S. d. Peterson

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Art: Island Queen by Artist S. d. Peterson

The art...of art...of war...

The art of "War Art" throughout history has played a major part in the building of morale and expressing the pride and power of the crew and the branch that they represent. The "Nose Art" of the World War II bombers have greatly extended itself onto every military piece of equipment imaginable (tanks, generators, humvees, etc.). Today, virtually every unit in the U.S. armed forces has some sort of artwork identifying their unit and individual teams (mine did..."Screaming Eagles").

This is my modern version of the WWII bomber nose art series that I have been working on for about two months. I have loved aircrafts my entire life and what started the interest was the unique art that graced the side of a B-24 that my dad took me to see when I was about 7. I joined the Army some years later and although I didnít get to fly, my ability to identify aircrafts played a large part as a team member in the Air Defense Artillery. Admittedly so, not a real female orientated area to go into but I held my own thanks to my dad and the first B-24 with the art that was cool enough to grab my interest and lead me from there.

"Island Queen" is predominately acrylic, but lately I have this thing for spray paint. I think that it gives my work more of a modern-raw-urban touch and feel about it. I started using it during this particular series as it added a "metal" appearence which I felt was great with the aircraft persona I was going for. From there, spray paint just sorta started appearing in the majority of my work.


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