This unusual American jet fighter is the subject of one of 10 small paintings commissioned by a friend and art collector in the US. Efficient in the air, but hazardous operating from carrier decks, this aircraft had a high accident loss rate and had a short service life with the US NAVY. Painting bare metal is challenging for an artist, but I am glad for the challenge and was able to use this to good effect on the Cutlass’s colourful livery scheme. This was the first time I had painted this fighter and I was glad for the opportunity to paint one of the lesser-known jet aircraft.
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.