\nA young Marine Corps aviator walked into Spectrum Gallery last summer. He looked around for awhile and said, "I've been wanting to have a painting made of this photograph for awhile, but I haven't found a place that I felt could pull it off, until I came here." He had an amazing picture, with the Iwo Jima in the background, which is a Naval amphibious ship that transports a squadron of helicopters. There's a 53E helicopter in the foreground, hovering close to the sea, with a couple of Marines jumping out of it. Our client was the pilot.\nJust another day at the office!\nWhile giving consideration to the complexity of the painting, I suggested that artist, Brooks Pearce, would be the best one to undertake the technical aspects involved. As it turned out, Brooks' father was a retired Naval aviator and she was very well acquainted with the military way of life. She was more than excited to tackle this job, having grown up around ships and aircraft.\nA few months later, Brooks brought in the finished painting. When the young Marine saw the beauty and precision of the oil painting she had created for him, his face said it all. He was extremely pleased and proud. I felt honored to have played a part in helping this young man memorialize this experience. It was a real "Semper Fi" moment!!\n\nWaiting for the "Semper Fi" moment!\nHaving a work of art commissioned can be an amazing way to get exactly what you want. It's also the perfect way to capture a precise moment in time. We all have those. There is no more perfect way to honor them, than with a painting.\n\nA close up of "The Proud, the Few, the Marines" doing what they do.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n A close up of the Iwo Jima. You can almost smell the salt air in the mist!\n\n\n\n\nContact anyone at Spectrum Gallery if you have something in mind that you'd like to commemorate. We would love to help you create your own proud moment.