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As the dawn breaks and the bombers leave the protective darkness of the night, "Crossing the Coast” is one of the most welcome intercom messages that returning bomber crews can hear after hours flying over enemy territory.
“Crossing the Coast” was inspired by a previous commission I’d painted called “Skipper, we are on fire!” These most feared words were quoted to me by John ‘Jock’ Morrison.
An ex-Sergeant wireless operator, he now lives in County Durham and returned to Norway in 2000, to collect his flying helmet from the grandchildren of the family who had looked after him and his fellow crewmen, when they crashed their Halifax bomber in Norway after depth charging the Tirpitz in April 1942. You may have read about his Norwegian visit in the newspapers.
“Crossing the Coast Skipper” has been used to illustrate the front cover of Tony Eaton’s book “Two Friends, Two Different Hells.” The story of two school-friend’s different wars.
Acrylic on canvas board 18 × 24 inches. 2000
SOLD a PRINT 1st January 2013
SOLD a throw PILLOW 12 August 2014
SOLD a framed print 3 Oct 2014
Featured on “Home Page” 31 March 2010
This Work was placed in the Top-ten of the challenge ” All about air, land and water crafts” Self Taught Artists, 31 March 2010.
Featured in Painters Universe Group, May 7th 2010
Featured in ART AT ITS BEST 7 January 2011
Featured in Solo Exhibition 27 February 2014
Featured In Airplanes & Airports, 17 March 2014

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My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • ndicki
    ndickiabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic – I love the angle of the light, it really brings out the atmosphere.

  • Thanks Nigel,
    This now belongs to an ex Warwick pilot who patrolled off Israel after the war.
    Cheers N

    – Woodie

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinabout 5 years ago

    Excellent Woodie.

  • Thanks Walter

    – Woodie

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 5 years ago

    Great image!! . . .

  • Cheers Hugh!

    – Woodie

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 5 years ago

    Nice one Neil !

  • Thanks for faves
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 5 years ago

    Nice one Neil, good atmosphere. – Ted

  • Cheers Ted,

    – Woodie

  • Bob Martin
    Bob Martinabout 5 years ago

    Can almost hear the engines…..like this one Neil.

  • Looks even better hanging on the wall.

    – Woodie

  • kwin
    kwinabout 5 years ago

    Neil….your paintings never cease to amaze me….wonderful, Keith.

  • Thank you very much Keith,
    I must start painting planes again.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Brunoboy
    Brunoboyabout 5 years ago

    You are such a wonderful artist. Excellent.

  • Thank you very much Bruno,
    Up the RAF!!LOL
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • SlayerX
    SlayerXabout 5 years ago


  • Hi Junior,
    Thanks alot sweety, you have some great stuff in your portfolio!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 5 years ago

    Marvelous painting Neil, an immediate favourite. She looks like she’s beating through those clouds in the Yukon..lol!

  • Thanks George but in this case they have just cross the North Sea from Germany!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

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