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Todd Price original art
 

Guardian Angels
by Todd Price

 
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Size: 30" x 36"
Medium: Oil
Price: $9,000.00

About the painting:

Red-tailed p-51 Mustang pilots escort B-17s after a bombing run over a Hermann Goring Tank Works facility in Nazi Europe. This is the true story of John Leahr, a member of the Tuskegee airmen, and Herb Heilbrun, a B-17 bomber pilot, both from Cincinnati, Ohio. It wasn’t until 50 years after the conclusion of the war that the two met up at an event honoring the local chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. Herb wanted to meet any of the airmen, to thank them for being his guardian angel during his bombing missions. It was there that he met John Leahr, but neither realized that they had actually crossed paths before.

In fact, the men had been born within a mile of each other. They were even in the same third grade class together at their Cincinnati public school, but due to segregation had never met. After volunteering for the Army Air Corps within days after Pearl Harbor and having to wait months to be called for flight training by the newly renamed Army Air Forces, they both took jobs at the same airplane engine factory: Wright Aeronautical in Lockland, Ohio. Herb tested engines and John worked in the plant foundry. The two men had basically been in each other’s company without ever realizing it, John being Herb’s Guardian Angel. Their fascinating story is documented in Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman.

About the artist:

Todd Price found early inspiration in his studies of American history and the diverse landscape and wildlife within. These things combined provide him with a clear view of the contrast between nature and what man has made of it. In regards to art, Todd feels that the goal of art is communication: visual and emotional. It is the emotions of the viewer as much as those of the artist that make a painting come alive. True art will stir the heart and emotions of the viewer. He has no formal training other than practicing the trade and studying the techniques of the old masters whose paintings inspire him as much today as they did 35 years ago while paging through the dusty art books in his school library.

Todd was born in 1961 and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 
 
 

 

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