Gulf Coast native Jerry O’Keefe holds Marc Poole’s work titled “Homeward Bound.” It depicts O’Keefe, who was a World War II Marine Corps fighter ace, returning from a mission in 1945. Image source: MGCCC Public Relations.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
The work of a Biloxi artist is about to receive international recognition. MGCCC visual art instructor and Fine Art Gallery Director Marc Poole will have a painting featured in the ASAA 2014 International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the San Diego Air and Space Museum gallery.
Poole is one of only 45 artists from around the world whose work was selected to run in the exhibit from April 28 to July 28.
The painting "Homeward Bound" depicts Gulf Coast native and World War II fighter pilot Jerry O'Keefe returning from a mission in 1945.
"I've had a lifelong interest in aviation history, and I like to use my art as a vehicle for the preservation of the stories that have always fascinated me," said Poole. "It reminds me of something I am very passionate about."
According to Poole, he heard of O'Keefe's was stories as a kid and always wanted to do a project featuring him.
"The chance to talk with Mr. O'Keefe personally about his experience was enlightening. I have a tremendous amount of respect for his generation," said Poole.
Poole said having his painting featured in the exhibit gives him a chance to tell the story of one of the Mississippi Gulf Coast's true war heroes.
"To have my painting of his Corsair accepted in to the ASAA exhibit in San Diego is an honor and will give me opportunity to showcase one of our own Coast heroes on an international stage."
Poole has been a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists since 1992.