Thanks Sandra. You know...creating art depicting this environment gives me an added dimension also. It makes my time around the military a little more interesting. I'm more inspired to be more creative when I see things around me with an artist's perspective. I now look at everyday trivial things like a pilot doing a preflight checklist, a flight engineer checking instruments on his panel or a mechanic or technician fixing something as a possible work of art. I've developed a strong passion for art to the point I have to fight depression everyday getting up from the easel and going to a job I am so tired of. If my desire in art only stayed at the "hobbyist" level, I would still enjoy my job. Some people might give up an arm to have my job. I should be excited to be in the environment I am in but I just can't stand anything interupting this love affair I've developed with art. I'm in my mid forties now. I feel a sense of urgency like never before to carve out some little niche for myself before it's all over. I envy people who work in art on a full time basis.
"Art is a jealous mistress and if a man has a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1888), American essayist, critic, and philosopher.