This magnificent aircraft is the subject of this painting commissioned by a client in the UK, the country of origin of the Shackleton. This Mk3 model was one of 8 or so aircraft used by the SAAF from the late 1950’s up until 1984. As a young, boy I saw a flight of 6 Shackletons fly over our school, so there is a measure of sentiment each time I have the opportunity to paint this beautiful aeroplane. I was interested to learn that the client who ordered this original, owns one of the Rolls-Royce Griffon engines from Shackleton 1717.
About the Author: Darryl Legg
As would be expected, Darryl’s love for aircraft started at a young age and his passion for art, even earlier. Drawing and painting, have always been Darryl’s way of expressing his love or appreciation for a subject. Most men have a fascination or a love for machines and for him it was destined to be the aeroplane. Darryl saw a Spitfire fly for the first time at the age of 7 and was in awe of the beauty of its graceful lines and the roar of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine as it performed its display...the love affair had begun! Darryl was privileged to grow up with an older brother who was an aero-modelling enthusiast, a Grandfather who was a pilot and a Father who is also a professional artist. All things considered, it’s not surprising that he combined the world of art and aviation and pursued it as a career.