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WAA members at EAA AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2013 by womenavart

July 29 – August 4, 2013  were the dates for this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, also known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”. In attendance among the more than 500,000 attendees this year were WAA members Kristin Hill, Michelle Rouch and Pati O’Neal.  The three artists were involved in very different ways.

For Kristin Hill, it was her 36th year of exhibiting at the show.  She had a booth in Exhibit Hangar A, where she displayed examples of her work in the form of originals and reproductions as well as digital displays of some of her other works. Also at her booth this year as a guest was SR-71 pilot and author Terry Pappas.

Kristin at EAA

Kristin Hill and her works on display at her booth at EAA AirVenture 2013

Michelle Rouch was hosted this year by Ford to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth. She and her works were on display at the Lincoln Lounge area of Ford’s exhibition tent. While on-site in the exhibit area, visitors were able to watch her work on one of her oil paintings.


Michelle at the Ford-Lincoln Exhibit

Michelle Rouch at her exhibit in the Ford/Lincoln Exhibition Tent. On the far right is the painting that she worked on as visitors watched.

Pati O’Neal has been attending EAA’s convention since 1994 and has volunteered in different capacities.  Part of her time this year was spent assisting the Texas Flying Legends Museum honor WWII veterans. She also had prints of her “Tuskegee Tales” for sale at the CAF’s RedTail Project exhibit.

Pati at EAA with TFLMs TBM Avenger smaller

Pati in front of the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s TBM Avenger


Honoring the Tusgekee Airmen at Oshkosh – Article by Michelle Rouch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2012 by womenavart


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OSHKOSH, WI – Aviation Artist, Michelle Rouch, Tucson, AZ has donated in her third consecutive year several of her original artworks to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program. The organization, established in 1992 and currently co-chaired by Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Skiles, offers our youth between the ages of 8 through 17 an opportunity to learn general aviation skills and how to fly.

The Gathering of Eagles Gala, known for bringing together aviators, raises funds for the Young Eagles Program. This year’s celebration salutes our American veterans from the highest Medal of Honor, Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., our nation’s greatest generation, Col. Bud Anderson, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan, living Doolittle Raiders, Staff Sergeant David J. Thatcher and Col. Richard E. Cole, and the Tuskegee Airmen, Col. Charles McGee, Lt. Col. George Boyd, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, Lt. Col. Harold Brown, Lt. Col. Bob Ashby, Lt. Col. Washington Ross, and Lt. Col. William Thompson.

The Gathering of Eagles Gala recognized “The Tuskegee Airmen, as a living reminder and knows how to change the shape of our future. They held their head high with dignity and grace.”

This year’s Young Eagle event raised an astonishing $3 million. The highlight of the auctioning night was a handsomely designed 2013 Ford Mustang themed on the Tuskegee Airmen, in honor of their service and dedication during WWII.

Rouch’s contribution included four original pieces that were inspired by George Lucas’ “Red Tails‟ movie, a true story detailing the plight of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, African-Americans who had fought and died for their rights that were denied to them by their own country.

The fundraiser acquired Rouch’s original graphite artwork, titled “Call to Duty” which rendered four Tuskegee Airmen under a P-51 fly by formation.

Call to Duty

The second piece, titled “Honoring Col. Charles McGee” in 24k gold leaf and oil carefully selected to ensure 100% made with USA material, depicts the Tuskegee Airman Pilot, Charles McGee posing next to his P-51B Mustang, nicknamed “Kitten,” an endearing name, after his wife.

Honoring Col. Charles McGee

Inspired by Col. Charles McGee, a highly decorated aviator, holding a record of 409 combat missions during WWII, Korean, and Vietnam, was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Rouch continued and created “Here’s Kitten.”

Here’s Kitten

While doing research for material, Rouch had discovered Tuskegee Airwomen that served as nurses during the war.

Nurses – Tuskegee Airwomen

EAA youth educational program offers an opportunity to fly for free of charge and all made possible because of generous EAA members and their donations. The artwork was auctioned off during the Gathering of the Eagles fundraising event. Rouch’s mission is to encourage kids to aim high and actively donates her time annually to AIAA Kids Club program, facilitating an Engineering/Art exercise for 8-10 year olds.

Michelle Rouch is a self-taught artist, who combines technical knowledge and accuracy with ability to define abstraction between finite lines. She continues to explore and test new mediums and her current goal is to redefine aviation art with a contemporary approach. Rouch’s engineering background offers the foundation for her artistic ability to draw aviation, aerospace, and astronomical subjects.

Tuskegee Airmen Panel at Warbirds in Review

Rouch believes that her aviation artwork can be used as a communication tool to encourage kids in the field of math, science, and engineering.


Art, Science, and Engineering Meet at Spacefest IV – Article by Michelle Rouch

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2012 by womenavart

(Photo Credits: Mark Usciak)

Tucson, AZ, May 31 -June 3, 2012 — Despite the vast research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), little effort is being focused on an artistic angle to approach kids with a vehicle to draw their attention to aviation and aerospace sciences. Children are creative by nature. They are born scientists and by catching them early, we can focus their energy to harvest their instinctive nature to create. Engineers are artists, illustrating the adage that if you can conceive it, we can build it.

The young artist interrupts life on the Moon with an alien holding a sign, “Hi! Dick Gordon.” Little Arianna understood the importance of astronautically drawn artwork. Fellow IAAA Artist member and Apollo Astronaut, Alan Bean scribes, “Arianna – This is beautiful artwork. Congratulations. Alan”

Novaspace Galleries, Tucson, Arizona brought Art and Science together once again at Spacefest IV. Many people believe that Art and Science are complete opposites. The space art exhibit demonstrated how the two disciplines are united, as Leonardo da Vinci illustrated in his research. Per Novaspace, “Art throughout history has reflected our hunger for the untamed frontier. Movies, TV shows, books, magazines and games devoted to space themes show our obsession with the Universe.”

Mr. Kim Poor, owner of Novaspace Galleries and internationally renowned space artist, was one of the founders and first president of International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). IAAA was founded in 1982, whose members participate in astronomical and space art projects to educate and foster relationships internationally in the area space and space exploration.

Known science journalist, founding and Fellow IAAA artist, Michael Carroll along with Senior Research Specialist at Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona and IAAA artist, Jim Scotti speak with a student from the Swiss Boarding School, Aiglon College, Switzerland alongside his escorts Christopher Starr and John Turner. The backdrop artwork is by Dr. Dan Durda, planetary scientist, astronomer, asteroid researcher, and Fellow IAAA artist. Nestled between the two IAAA artists illustrate Dr. Dan Durda‟s concept for a U.S. postage stamp that honors the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Michael Carroll dialog offered waxing poetry how art and science meet together, and how rich they overlap. This joining of art and science stated by Carroll, “has been likened to what biologists call the „Edge Effect,‟ where two disparate biomes meet. At the interface of these two biomes (for example the Arabian desert and the Gulf of Aqaba) the life is richer and more diverse than in either of the adjacent biomes. Astronomical art (and more generally science illustration) is like that: where science and art meet, there is a creative explosion!”

IAAA Artists: Marilynn Flynn and Pamela Lee at the Artist Table at Spacefest IV

Renowned founding IAAA artists, Marilynn Flynn next to Fellow, Pamela Lee, both are members of the NASA Fine Arts Program sit at the artist table studying Lee‟s painting of an alien seashore. The artists were discussing what would be the best placement of an alien life form in the scene for an alien sea visual and whether to use a binary star to infer a xeno planetary landscape or add a second sun.

Flynn participated in the Ars Ad Astra, theme “Space & Humanity” international competition to accompany the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter to the Mir space station during his 180 day stay on the EUROMIR 95 mission. Ars Ad Astra understood the importance of art representation to merge art and science.

IAAA Artists (Left to Right): Marilynn Flynn, Pamela Lee, Michelle Rouch, Dr. Dan Durda, Lucy West, and Michael Carroll

Expressionism art takes on many forms. Writers have the ability to transcend readers‟ imagination by the use of carefully selected words. Spacefest IV was a time to share experiences between artists and engineers. Matt Angiulo shared his experience with author Andy Chaikin. When Matt Angiulo checked out a copy of “A Man on the Moon” from his high school library, he would never have expected that it would inspire him to become an aerospace engineer. As he started reading the book, he learned of the personal lives of the Apollo Astronauts and their struggles. “For the first time I grasped the significance of the accomplishment and I was fascinated by the details of the work required to make it possible,” Matt shared with author, Andy Chaikin that “A Man on the Moon” inspired him to become an Aerospace Engineer. Becoming an engineer has its challenges. The book gave Matt the strength during college to do the extra work and to stick with it. As he saw his classmates drop out around him, the stories offered in the book carried him through by reminding him that what seems to be impossible is indeed possible with a lot of hard work. For years after reading the book Matt shared how it changed his life.

America‟s well known author, speaker and space journalist, Andy Chaikin with Aeronautical Engineer and Lifetime Senior Member AIAA Matthew J. Angiulo

Many astronauts had joined American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at some point in their career. AIAA is a professional society for aerospace engineering. The society merged two earlier societies: Institute of Aerospace Sciences (IAS) and American Rocket Society. Appropriately, its first AIAA Fellow was Orville Wright. Author Tom Crouch chronicled fascinating historical events of AIAA history in his book, titled “Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers.”

AIAA Members: Matthew Angiulo, Michelle Rouch, Elishka Jepson and Dr. Jeff Jepson

Spacefest IV brought people together to share stories. Dr. Jim Horkovich, AIAA Fellow, Champion, Founder and Chair of Directed Energy Program Committee tells Dr. Aldrin his experience when working as a cooperative engineering student at Grumman Aircraft during the Apollo 12 Program. Backdrop painting by artist of energy Mimi Stuart’s expressionist art added a splash of color to Dr. Aldrin’s booth. Her Energy of Subject (EOS) style uses 23k gold and silver to capture the vibrant energy of space exploration.

Last man on the moon, Gene Cernan articulated his experience on the lunar surface with Michelle Rouch‟s abstract oil and gold plate painting, titled “Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary Commemorative.”

Second man on the moon, Apollo Astronaut and MIT graduate, Dr. Buzz Aldrin offers the next generation a message scribed “Go To Mars!” on the late and great American artist, best remembered for his space art stamps, Paul Calle, reproduction giclee, titled “POWER TO GO.”

Following in his father‟s footsteps, Chris Calle, who is well known for his 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first manned moon landing postage stamps, had each of the astronauts at Spacefest IV sign his father‟s giclée The artwork, “POWER TO GO” by Paul Calle shows the launch of the Saturn V and the POWER depicts the moment of thrust of the Atlas rocket motors. Each Astronaut wrote a significant quote about the rocket, their Mission or the future for space exploration. After Dr. Aldrin wrote Go To Mars!, he signed his name and paused. He looked at Chris Calle and said “This is for your father,” adding a personal touch by dotting the „i‟ in Aldrin.

Last man on the Moon, Apollo Astronaut and Aeronautical Engineer, Gene Cernan offered, “This is where it started with the Atlas.”
Retired US Air Force Brigadier General, Apollo Astronaut and an Eagle Scout, Charlie Duke added, “What a Ride! This thing is really shaking! I‟m holding on!”

Apollo Astronaut and doctorate in Astronautical Engineering from University of Michigan, Dr. Al Worden offered, “The Ultimate Launch! Great Painting.”

Apollo Astronaut, Aeronautical Engineer, and Fellow IAAA Artist Alan Bean wrote, “Chris – You have the DNA of the great artist that created this magnificent painting. An icon of the space age.”

Apollo Astronaut and Navy Captain (retired), Dick Gordon shared, “Get ready for the lightning strike!!”

Year after year, AIAA Tucson Section, award-winning Kids Club with Michelle Rouch offering a collaborative effort to combine art and engineering into one, conducted a mini project modeled after government acquisition examples for 8-9-10 year olds. These kids compete in the development of a simulated mini-program in conjunction with an art project to paint a unique rendition of the 4 forces of flight. Rouch had no doubt that kids armed with the right motivation and attitude, as well as working in teams would be able to complete the project. Art is a vehicle to communicate. If you can conceive it, the kids can build it.

Naval Aviation Centennial Closing Ceremony – with Michelle Rouch as Exhibiting Artist

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2011 by womenavart

Naval Aviation Centennial Closing Ceremony by Michelle Rouch

WASHINGTON DC, – For the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation, the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation,, celebrated across the United States a yearlong tribute to the men and women for their historical achievements in the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard services. The Centennial of Naval Aviation Commemorative Gala commenced the closing ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Tom Costello, NBC News correspondent served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

Centennial of Naval Aviation Commemorative Gala, National Building Museum  Credits: DOD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo, Source:

Guests of honor attending the black-tie gala were the Honorable Leon Panetta, United States Secretary of Defense; members of the House and Senate; his Royal Highness, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew; the Honorable Ray Mabus, United States Secretary of Navy; foreign military guests from Italy, Japan, and Korea; Admiral James Winnefeld, USN, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Admiral Jonathan Greenert, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard; General Joseph Dunford, USMC, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Vice Admiral John Currier, USCG, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support; Captain Chris Ferguson, USN, Commander, NASA final Space Shuttle Flight as well as presenting sponsors, Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Breitling, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce and many others for their support. Dignitaries convened in the VIP Reception, exhibiting a collection of Naval Aviation artwork by artist Michelle Rouch.

From left to right: James DiMatteo (Capt. USN), USMC Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USN Adm. Jonathan Greenert Chief of Naval Operations, USN Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Thomas Hudner (Capt. USN Ret.), Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy, Leon E. Panetta Secretary of Defense, Tom Costello, USCG Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., Dennis Muilenburg, Ms. Katie Everhart  Credits: DOD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo, Source:

Captain Jim DiMatteo, USN, Foundation President welcomed honored guests and shared VADM Kilcline, USN (retired) vision how the Naval Aviation Centennial should be celebrated. Thomas J. Kilcline, Jr. wanted the celebration to be more than a few golf tournaments and black-tie affairs. Captain Jim DiMatteo expressed, “He wanted it to be a celebration for the entire nation throughout the United States in multiple locations impacting as many people as possible.”
Message of Courage, Commitment, Loyalty, Vision and Honor was the evening’s theme: Courage, “the ability to fight though fear for an honorable purpose;” Commitment, “the vow to continue the mission even when the cost is high;” Loyalty, “the dedication to protect another person despite great personal risk;” and Vision, “The ability to create the future.”
Arizona Senator John McCain, Naval Aviator, shared his long line history of his fathers and grandfathers, both admirals in the United States Navy. Senator McCain, who subsequently endured nearly 6 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, offered words of wisdom to raise more leaders who are willing to take risks, versus training more managers who avoid risk.

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks with Prince Andrew, the Duke of York  Credits: DOD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo, Source:

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledged, “Tonight we celebrate a magnificent history of American Naval Aviation. It is a history perhaps no finer chapter than Senator John McCain pointed out the Pacific campaign of World War II. It was a time for bold defensive action, for daring in the face of grave risks, and for the kind of innovation that matters most. It was in other words, a mission for Naval Aviators.”
Captain Thomas Hudner, USN (retired), who is the only living Naval Aviator, received a standing ovation in recognition of his Medal of Honor for his heroic act in trying to save the life of his wingman during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. The Medal of Honor is the highest level of military decoration, bestowed by the President.
The Bridges of Toko-Ri clip, a 1954 film that was based off of a novel, setting during the Korean War about a naval aviator that was assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended bridges.
Captain Chris Ferguson reflected on his thoughts to the audience of Naval Aviation, Astronaut “Jim Lovell, a lasting legend of courage with zero margin of error.”
Admiral James Winnefeld recognized “the true secrets to our success, of course it’s our’s the crews, the maintainers at all levels, ships company to keep the aircrafts airborne and who love them so much, like a son or a daughter, it’s our industry partners, many who have helped sponsored this evening, and whom we are very grateful, continue to drive innovation and push the edge of what’s possible so we can best defend our country. And of course the air crews, the men and women you heard about throughout the evening, giants in the world of Naval Aviation on whose shoulders we now stand.” Later, Admiral James Winnefeld introduced Captain Brian E. Luther, commanding officer, and 2 crew members with a live stream video feed from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during their transiting home.

Capt Thomas Hudner, USN (Ret), Medal of Honor Recipient Wings the Newest Naval Aviator  Credits: Photographer Leigh Vogel   Source:

Winging Ceremony was awarded to Rebekah Cranor, USN, Jeremy Weber, USMC, John Sauve, USCG, Bradford Brodersen, USN, and Justin Ito, USMC.

Centennial of Naval Aviation Series at the VIP Reception Artist, Michelle Rouch

To complete the evening’s event, legendary country music artist Lee Greenwood performed a series of patriotic songs and ended the ceremony appropriately with “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Michelle Rouch in the news again…..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2011 by womenavart

The latest copy of Art World News has a nice little write up about Michelle Rouch’s aviation art. Here is an image of page 34:

Art World News - page 34

Michelle Rouch featured in Tuscon Lifestyle Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by womenavart

Our very own Michelle Rouch was recently featured in the May 2011 edition of Tuscon Lifestyle Home and Garden Magazine. She was their featured Regional Artisan. The article is a great introduction to Michelle and her work. You can find the article on pages 14 and 15, or click on the link here:

Which then leads into her Rouch Aviation Art Exhibit at the Pima Air and Space Museum. You can meet the artist on Opening Night, June 23rd, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. (RSVP – 520-618-4818) The exhibit will run through September 30, 2011. She will also have a kids mural painting session during Night Wings on Sat. June 25th, 2011, 5 pm to 9 pm.

Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by womenavart

Here is an article submitted by two of our members, Mimi Stuart and Michelle Rouch about a great event that they recently participated in:

Living Legends of Aviation Awards

“If I create a light everywhere I touch, that’s what I want to be remembered for.”

Lynn Tilton, the first woman to be named Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year, expounded on what drives her to rescue companies on the brink of bankruptcy and bring them back to life: “You want to give people hope, empower them, give them dignity, to make life better for other people.” Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, presented Ms. Tilton with the prestigious award at the star-studded 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton on January 21st. The red carpet walk was further enhanced by a series of seven-foot tall paintings of aviation legends created by Michelle Rouch and Mimi Stuart.

Lynn Tilton & Michelle Rouch with portrait of Lynn's MD helicopter

Buzz & Lois Aldrin

Living Legends is known for bringing together “aviators who have became celebrities and celebrities who have become aviators” to raise money for Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to instilling an interest and appreciation for aviation in children. The guest list reads like a veritable Who’s Who, with Dr. and Mrs. Buzz Aldrin and other award winning legends in the audience.

Aviation Legend Zoe Dell Nutter & Michelle Rouch

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy & Stuart's painting Legends of Aviation

Host John Travolta introduced the evening’s emcee Sean Tucker, the man who turned his fear of stalling an airplane into a “passion for perfection in the sky.” With wit and a sparkle in his eye, the aerobatic legend welcomed to the stage such notables as Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, Clay Lacy, Bob Hoover, Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter, Pres Henne and Jerry Lips.

John Travolta signs Mimi Stuart's EOS portrait

Sean Tucker with Rouch's portriat of his aircraft for Team Oracle

Harrison Ford presented Pat Epps with the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award. “I feel like Mickey Mouse here” said Ford, looking around the room at the aviation greats present. “This is my favorite day of the year,” quipped Kurt Russell, before presenting the Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award to Sean Tucker. On behalf of the Dolittle Raiders, Jimmy Doolittle III accepted the Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award from Bob Hoover himself.

Harrison Ford and Mimi Stuart with Stuart's EOS painting


Marilyn & James Lovell

“The thing Jim Lovell and I have in common is that we both landed in water. The only difference is, he meant to,” joked Captain Chesley Sullenberger as he introduced Captain James Lovell to present him with the Captain Cool Award. Other award winners included Jeffrey Puckett, Laurent Beaudoin, Clay Jones, Delford Smith, Frank Robinson and Congressman Sam Johnson.

Cliff Robertson, the presiding Aviation Legend & Ambassador of Aviation Emeritus, gave Closing Remarks to resounding applause. Audience members with special passes proceeded to the rooftop reception to party amid a charity auction and the “Legends of Aviation” art display by Rouch & Stuart. Rare wines, airplane sculptures and select paintings were auctioned to benefit Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.

-Rouch & Stuart