I have spent the majority of my life in one uniform or other - from Beavers and Scouts to Air Cadets, and finally a nearly three-decade career with the Canadian military. I have extensive operational experience with all elements- air, land, sea, and the Special Forces.
My passion for aviation began at a very young age in Chatham, New Brunswick with its nearby air base providing an endless source of inspiration. After flying with gliders, Cessnas, and other military airframes as an Air Cadet, my dream was to pursue a career as an Air Force pilot. Unfortunately, my lack of the required perfect vision prevented this. In 1986, a chance conversation led me to discover, somewhat reluctantly, the world of Army tanks, which shortly after became my career until 2004 when I transferred to the Canadian Forces Intelligence Branch.
I have been painting since I was twelve years old and have never put my brushes down. I remember my first aviation painting was a watercolour CF-104 Starfighter flying by a German castle. I believe I was around thirteen when I painted this and gave it to a friend. I have no idea whatever became of it but I would love to see it again.
It seems for the most part that military personnel (me included) have no room for flexibility in terms of an artistic impression of a military vehicle. They want to see the subject exactly as they remember it and will quickly point out a misplaced antenna, light, marking or rivet. With this in mind, my paintings incorporate meticulous attention to the detail of the subjects. I would say two-thirds of my time is spent researching the subject for almost every painting. I certainly don’t think I’m the best aviation artist out there- far from it, but I try to include as much detail as I and the potential client or casual viewer would like to see.
I have produced numerous commissions for military units and personnel, as well as private individuals throughout the country and across the world, which include aviation, portraiture, animals, and abstract pieces. I have had art shows at museums and other locations throughout the Maritimes.
I am a member of the Canadian Aerospace Artists Association, the artist in residence for 12 Wing Shearwater Aviation Museum, and on the board of directors for the New Brunswick Aviation Museum.
My preferred medium is acrylics and I paint from my home studio in Halifax. I am currently working on subjects for a book series on CanadianForcesjet powered fighter aircraft, am producing commissions for the Air Force, Army, and Navy, and work on other non-aviation related art subjects.
- Peter Robichaud
Prints of my original paintings I have available to start off with.
All of my original paintings are acrylics on stretched canvas.
The prints are all 11 x 17 inches on 100lb cardstock, $50. each.
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