Air Art Northwest
846 South Ginger Street
Cornelius, Oregon 97113
Burt Mader's career as a professional aviation artist began when he was twelve years old. "I sold drawings of P40's and Spitfires to my fellow third-graders for a dime. Who could have known I'd be still painting the same planes in the 90's as I did in the 40's?" His career as a free-lance artist since 1956 has included far more drawings of toasters and truck tires than of his favorite subject, so when the opportunity to paint and publish aviation art presented itself there wasn't much resistance to overcorne. "Thankfully the skills sold so cheaply in 1943 have improved over the years, so the prices have risen somewhat."
Mader's formal art education began at Rhode Island School of Design and continued to Massachusetts College of Art. As most artists do who become free-lancers early on, he believes most of one's learning comes while alone at the drawing table, solving the complexities of some assignment in time to meet a tough deadline. "It grows you," he says, "or it kills you. Your decision."
"Almost immediately after joining the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) I began to benefit from the incredible openness and giving attitude of even the very cream of the membership. Their advice and the clearly correct nature of their constructive criticism (given only on earnest request) has helped me to continue growing, and learning " Burt has recently been raised from artist to artist fellow membership which he credits to listening to and applying their wise counsel "Zo soon old und zo late schmart!" he grins.
Numerous juried show acceptances and awards have rewarded Mader's works including three ASAA annual forum shows, two EAA competitions (Par Excellence, Merit) and the New England Airline Transport Airliner Art competition (First Prize). Volume I Number I of "Scale Modeler" magazine carried a Mader cover painting as have other titles. Some of his original aviation art is in collections of various air directors for whom he did many more mundane commercial Illustralions.
Research requirements often put artists in a position to take up other people's time in the one-sided furtherance of their own interest, but in the aviation community, folks seem to lake it as a chance to participate personally and feel no sense of imposition at all. Mader's many such outreaches have netted him a long list of unexpectedly close friends. The whole scope of an art project is so enjoyable for Burt that it seldom seems like work.
Burt accepts corporate and private commissions.