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Sam Lyons

Aviation Art of Sam Lyons
Sam Lyons biography

Did You Know that Sam Lyons...

► Is a pilot and loves to fly his bright yellow 1946 J-3 Piper Cub.

► Has been making a living as an aviation artist for more than 20 years.

► Was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2009; and is the first artist to be so honored.

► Had careers as an Army officer, a teacher, sailboat captain, scuba diver, and hobby shop owner before becoming a full-time artist.

► Often has to use a brush as thin as a hair in order to paint tiny details so precisely.

► Actually owns the 1951 black Chevy Truck he “hides” in all of his paintings.

► Was inspired by his father, Samuel A. Lyons Sr., who was a B-24 pilot during WWII.

► Earned a degree in Biology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.

► Never took an art lesson and basically taught himself how to paint in his super-realistic style.

► Is one of the very few civilians who has flown in the F-15 Eagle, the F-16 Falcon, and the F-18 Hornet with the Blue Angels.

► Has won multiple awards for his artwork in a number of nationwide competitions.

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