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Art Show: The Art of War

"La Cherie"

by S. d. Peterson

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Art: La Cherie  by Artist S. d. Peterson

This is the first piece in a series that was inspired by the WWII bomber "Nose Art."

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” was amongst a few).

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 didn’t 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.

"La Cherie" as with my painting "Island Queen," is acrylic with some spray paint to give it a feel as if it were a metal aircraft. Since I began this series in June, spray paint has found its way into the majority of my works. I love the raw and modernistic feel it gives my work.


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