Air Art Northwest
846 South Ginger Street
Cornelius, Oregon 97113
Dru Blair was born in Newbern, NC., September 7. 1959 Growing up in
Columbia, SC, his ambitions originally were directed toward a career in
medicine. However, during his undergraduate studies at Furman
University in Greenville, SC, he discovered an artistic ability. He
switched majors his senior year and graduated in 1981 with a BA. degree
in art. He later found employment in Myrtle Beach, SC. as an airbrush
artist painting shirts. He continued his education at the University of
South Carolina in Columbia earning a Masters Degree in 1984. He worked
in Atlanta from 1985-1987 transitioning to commercial illustration.
In 1988 he won the National Airbrush Excellence Award, which ushered in a wave of commercial opportunities. The following year he produced his first aviation painting, "Power" which became the first of three Air Force Magazine covers and remains the number one selling aviation print in the world . Other aviation paintings followed the advent of his own publishing company, Blair Art Studios Inc.
Dru Blair is an Air Force Association Life Member, Honorary Member of the United States Air Force, Army Aviation Association of America Life Member, member of the North Carolina Association of Designers and Illustrators, member of the Air Force Art Program, member of the Graphic Artists Guild, Artist Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, and board member of the International Airbrush Association. He has been featured in television interviews and on dozens of magazine covers. His paintings can be found in hundreds of magazine and book publications. Commercial projects have included popular themes such as the Budweiser Bullfrogs . He has produced a half dozen instructional videos on airbrush techniques and is a featured lecturer at the World Airbrush Exposition. In March 1995 and 1996, he was the Guest of Honor at the International Airbrush Forum held in Germany which drew over 10,000 artists from around the world. He is the official artist for Star Trek: Voyager book covers, as well as several of the other Star Trek licensees. His clients include many of the top airlines and aerospace companies. Dru currently resides outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.