Member's "face portrait"
Born in Upper Michigan in 1961. Graduated with BS in Aviation Management from Western Michigan University in 1984. Rich took up aviation art in the summer of 1980. Since then Rich has produced numerous paintings for museums, military organizations and private individuals. In 1985, he was accepted in to Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in Pensacola, Florida, being commissioned as an Ensign in September of that year. Rich flew the Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk for 5 years, including two long deployments, one of which included 156 hours of combat flying during OPERATION DESERT STORM. Rich left the Navy in 1991, but has stayed in the Reserves, attaining the rank of Commander in October 2001. Rich has branched out from traditional aviation art, and now includes electronic painting and 3D modeling as part of his experience base. ...more
Recently, Rich was asked to help design the Mission patch for STS-107, a shuttle flight scheduled for 2002. He also designed the command patch for COMMANDER NAVAL AIR FORCES for VADM John Nathman. He has also written six books for Squadron/Signal Publications. By far, Rich's most ambitious project to date is the restoration of the COMNAVAIRPAC tower building at NAS North Island. This effort has included several other ASAA members. Rich lives in Friendswood, Texas, and has two daughters, Allison and Ashley.