NOSE ART IS ALIVE AND AVAILABLE
We are in a golden age of warbird restorations, with new ones taking to the air on almost a weekly basis. From fighters to bombers and everything in between, planes are being lovingly restored (in some cases, so little was left that they were re-created, piece by piece), many of which scream for the appropriate nose art. The artists with a flair for WW II re-creations are finding an expanding audience for their brushwork. One of the more visible is Gary Velasco and his Fighting Colors–brand WW II art.
Velasco has been painting nose art in a wide variety of art forms for more than two decades. His website (fightingcolors.com) features a range of reduced, frameable nose-art panels meant for den-size walls.
In addition, however, he also constructs full-size fuselage sections adorned with his artwork (picture part of a B-24 hanging on your wall!) as well as aircraftthemed furniture and house accessories. It is the application of his art to restored warbirds, however, that undoubtedly gives him the most pleasure. His art currently flies on numerous aircraft, such as the Erickson Aircraft Collection’s B-17 Madras Maiden, the Commemorative Air Force’s B-24 Diamond Lil, and an increasing number of Mustangs and other fighters. He’s keeping a historic art form both alive and available.