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Craig Kodera - SPRINGTIME FLYING IN THE ROCKIES -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          SPRINGTIME FLYING IN THE ROCKIES
by Craig Kodera

$95.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 550
Image Size: 12"w x 9"h.
Published: February 1989


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The 1930s. Biplanes, open cockpits, the smell of oil and leather . . . those inimitable sights and sounds of flying in the "Golden Age" of aviation. With the exception of World War II, no other period of time has yielded such exciting times nor as many advances in technology as the span of years between the wars.

Radio was in everyone's living room, film was the great escapist art form, FDR was president and the fledgling Army Air Corps was being led by such captains as Eaker, Arnold and Lemay. Fast flying was the order of the day. The biplane was the first line of defense of the skies. The Army offered a place to live and paid each pilot $75 monthly to fly their airplanes. The world was taking a breather from war but you knew that every day was practice for the next "big" one.


Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

 

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