Air Art Northwest
846 South Ginger Street
Cornelius, Oregon 97113
PRINTS by KEITH FERRIS
The son of a career Air Force officer, Keith Ferris grew up with airplanes his boyhood love, and pilots his heroes. Fully expecting to join the ranks of the latter, he majored in aeronautical engineering and enrolled in Air Force ROTC at Texas A&M University. An allergic condition dashed his hopes for a commission, but not his determination to make flying a major part of his life - Ferris simply channeled his energies into art. He is a major contributor to the Air Force Art Program and is a life member of the Air Force Association. He has painted for almost every major defense contractor and has had a variety of commissions for the U.S. Government. He has also flown in almost every type of jet aircraft in the Air Force, and has done so virtually around the world.
Today, Ferris is one of aviation's most honored artists. He has had his works exhibited at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio; and many other prestigious locations across the country. His commissions include the 25-foot-high by 75-foot-wide mural in oil, Fortresses Under Fire, which covers the entire back wall of the World War II Gallery of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the 20-foot-high by 75-footwide mural depicting the evolution of jet aircraft in the NASM's Jet Aviation Gallery.
Ferris is deeply involved in the history and technology of aerial camouflage schemes and is also an inventor who holds five U.S. patents covering deceptive air combat paint schemes. He now lives in New Jersey, where he continues to explore his life-long love of aviation, as an artist, lecturer, historian, model builder, and inventor.