Women Aviation Artists

After living for 23 years on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, Priscilla Messner-Patterson and her husband now make their home in Sequim, Washington northwest of Seattle.

While in Kodiak, Priscilla taught art at Kodiak College for nearly 18 years. She is a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the Canadian Aviation Artists Association, the Northwest Air Force Art Association and the Coast Guard and Air Force Art Programs. She also serves as the Education Chairman for the American Society of Aviation Artists.

Her work is featured in Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states. She has also exhibited in Great Britain and The Netherlands. Priscilla has won awards and honors from the American Society of Aviation Artists, Simuflite and Aviation Week and Space Technology.

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Known as the "Artist of Energy," Mimi's signature style, EOS - Energy of Subject - is a vibrant explosion of color on canvas, enhanced with 24k gold, copper and silver leaf.

Subjects come to life in Kinetic Expressionism as color, perspective and soul merge with rare precious metals that burst with energy.

Museums with "EOS by Mimi" in their permanent collections include the Smithsonian Institution, Apollo Room, USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier, San Diego Air & Space Museum and the Purple Heart Museum.

Mimi's "Walking on Diamonds" portrait of Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, is the newest addition to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

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Rajnus draws from formal education in fine arts and a family heritage in aviation with a father who was the project administrator for the P-38 at Lockheed during WWII. She was an artist before learning to fly. This perspective becomes a compelling part of the artwork. Aircraft have long been a part of the journey through the years — Stinsons, Maule, C-120, and Helios — all leading to wonderful out-of-the-way places.  Her paintings hang in collections and exhibitions across the country.

A member of the Ninety-Nines and ASAA (American Society of Aviation Artists), the artist has won numerous awards, including those from EAA, National Museum of Naval Aviation; “Best of the Best” Aviation/Aerospace Aviation Week Awards; Women in Aviation, International. The artist's paintings are collected widely, in private collections Nationally and Internationally, including EAA, NOAA, and the National Park Service.

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Cher Pruys is a self-taught artist, who worked in charcoal, pencil and ink until venturing into oil paints in Oct. of 1992, and eventually into her chosen mediums of gouache, acrylic and watercolor.  Her subject matter covers a wide array, but centers around Aviation. She has done several interviews with CBC radio, has been featured on and in numerous publications internationally, including Private Pilot magazine, Woman Pilot magazine, Canadian Aviation and Aircraft magazine, Flying magazine, Comanche magazine, Plane and Pilot magazine, Aviation Week Space and Technology magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Winnipeg Free Press, The Thunder Bay Chronicle, to name a few.

She has also graced the cover of 2 aviation books, had her images used for The  2007 Western Canadian Aviation Museum Calendar, designed a First Day Cover for the town of Red Lake, (Norseman capital of the world), painted over 24 murals ranging in size from 4' x 8' to 8' x 16', 12 of which were commissioned by The Beech Heritage Museum located in Tullahoma, TN.  She has been the gracious recipient of many awards through the years. Her works may be found both in private and commercial collections world wide.

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Raised in Hawai'i, Pati has been involved with art for many years.  She has won recognition for both her 2D and 3D pieces in juried shows. The most recent  two received at the ASAA 2010 San Diego Forum. Her current concentration is oil painting.

Her interest in aviation began as a child watching visiting air shows. In the early 1980s, while working as a flight attendant for an inter-island carrier, she began taking flight lessons and has been around aviation since.  Although not a pilot, she enjoys the many facets of aviation, from experiencing rides in varied types of aircraft to annually attending EAA's Airventure.

She combines both interests in her aviation paintings by portraying the different dimensions of aviation, Whether it is capturing scenic images, illustrating stories or relaying the artistic beauty of form. She always aspires to educe  the essence of the subjects in her works.

She is presently a member of a number of artists’ organizations including the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA).

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Michelle Rouch's strong technical systems engineering background offers the foundation for her artistic ability to draw aviation and astronomical subjects.  She is committed in giving back to the community by donating her works for fundraisers, such as Boy Scouts of America, University of Arizona, American Legion, Pima Air & Space Museum, Rotary Club of Tucson, Wright Flight, and Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, as well as donates her time to support American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Kids Club annually. 

She is a professional member with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), and American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA).  Her works have been exhibited at the Pentagon, Spacefest, Living Legends of Aviation, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tohono O'odham Nation Cultural Center, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) Science Symposium, Raytheon, University of Arizona Science Center, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Steward Observatory, Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Pima Air & Space Museum, SimuFlite, Lancaster Museum, and at the Tucson International Airport.

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Kristin Hill specializes in aviation art, concentrating on fine art oil paintings and custom commissions. Her works depict both the man-made aspects of aviation and the natural environment encountered during flight.

In the skyscapes and landscapes she paints, the fleeting beauty and power of the skies and environment in which we live are captured for repeated enjoyment.

Kristin draws upon her formal education in fine arts, experiences in a family aviation business and a broad diversity of flight experiences to paint the richness of flight and the skies we explore. Her firsthand research includes flights in the high altitude U-2, contemporary military fighters, refueling and transport aircraft; World War II fighters and bombers; contemporary, antique, corporate, aerobatic and soaring aircraft; hang gliders, balloon and the parachute canopy.

Recognized as an Artist Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, she has been an artist member since 1987, a president of ASAA and an active participant in the U.S. Air Force Art Program since 1980. More than 250 of her original works are included in museum, corporate, private, foreign and U. S. Air Force collections.

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A professional artist for 35 years, the body of her work reflects the interests and subjects that have fascinated her  while traveling through life.

She has been an artist since being given her  first crayon.   She works in both 2-D and 3-D.  Series include: airplanes, orchids, dragons, clouds, landscapes, dreamscapes, European towns, Girl Scouting, Savannah architecture, and the kaleidoscope paintings.  Media include: various clay bodies, watercolor, oils, marble, bronze, wood, pen & ink, etc.  She has worked on pieces from a few inches to over 150' x 42'.

Almost half of her plein air paintings have been done at air shows…a bit different from the usual landscapes.

During that time, she has been happily married for 30+ years; moved 11 times; raised 2 brilliant children (aren’t they all!); been active in a number of volunteer organizations (especially Scouting); earned her Associates degree; taught; been a guest lecturer (art, scouting, and lunar samples); and helped build two houses, a barn and a hangar. She has recently become a publisher as well, with her second book in print.

She believes in exploring new interests, trying new things, going to new places and getting as many things as possible on paper, canvas, or in the round. 

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Noted for her artwork since childhood, Virginia began painting in earnest in the 70’s while attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada.  There she honed her skills in realism and surrealism.

During 35 years of painting, Virginia developed her own unmistakable style in aviation art, combining her favorite WWII era aircraft with time and war worn buildings high over aerial landscapes. Her Warbird series is her homage to the crews that kept them flying as long as they could. She loves these particular aircraft for their beautiful designs, richness of symbolism and history.

Family histories such as her uncle piloting the renowned Lancaster bomber successfully throughout the war, were inspirational. Her father, an RCAF mechanic, went on to a long career with Air Canada, through which she enjoyed childhood flights in Vanguards, North Stars and DC3’s. She is now working towards her pilots’ license and loves her new involvement in the aircraft community, flying to many Canadian and American events. A member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association and a ‘Fellow’ member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, she took first place at the 2009 ‘Artflight’ competition at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa.

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