Since I was a kid I have always had an affinity for typical “guy stuff”, aircraft, ships, cars and generally anything military. And of course this led into such things as space and Sci-fi. I built literally hundreds of model kits and dreamed of adventures much like Calvin & Hobbes. That has become useful in creating works of subjects no longer in existence (or not YET where sci-fi is concerned). I love attending car and air shows and getting to shoot reference photos of things that catch my eye, getting that right angle that accentuates key attributes of the subject.
Then I get to translate those images onto paper. Whether it’s the chrome pipes on a motorcycle or the graceful curves of a fighter jet or majestic beauty of an architectural piece; bringing out the beauty of the subject is what keeps me going. My wife Christine challenged me to do works on the subjects she loves which are Lighthouses. This pushed me outside my comfort zone into more expressive works unlike my desire for ultra-realistic representation.
Art, like life, is a Journey. There is a line in The Hobbit that reads: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off too.” The same rings true with art. Who knows where this journey will take me next.
Greetings, I am Brian Whisenhunt. I am an Oklahoma City-based artist, working primarily in watercolor, colored pencil and pen & ink. With a highly detailed approach to each subject, my style can be described as simultaneously nontraditional and photo-realistic. My work allows me to refine my artistic technique while exploring my passion of military history. I enjoy studying and replicating aircraft from WWII to the present, paying close attention to aviation accuracy. When not looking to the sky for inspiration, I turn to land, capturing the chrome beauty and power of muscle cars and motorcycles. I have had works purchased across the United States and received numerous commissions for original pieces. I am a recent inductee into the American Society of Aviation Artists, a prestigious worldwide organization consisting of just over a hundred artists.