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Lived/Active: Washington/California      Known for: aviation illustration, commercial art

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Aviation Artist: James Dietz

The growing popularity of aviation art has brought before the public eye the works of a number of professional aviation artists. Among these is James Dietz, who strives for a unique approach to this genre. "The people, settings, and costumes are what make aviation history exciting and romantic to me." Rather than simply illustrate aviation hardware, Dietz prefers to portray human involvement.

After graduation from Art Center College of Design in 1969, Jim began a career as a commercial illustrator in Los Angeles. The subject matter varied from automobiles to action scenes to romantic book covers. A steady flow of work from New York enabled the Dietz family to move to Seattle in 1978. It was at this time that he took his first concrete steps toward fulfilling his dream to specialize in aviation art, at that time an almost unheard of genre. Since then, aviation art has played an increasingly large part in his career. Jim Dietz's clients include Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Allison, and Flying Tigers, to name just a few.

Jim has also branched out into the fine arts field with his aviation art. Four of Jim's originals were put on display in the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Naval Aviation; one of the paintings was presented by the Navy League to then Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman. A regular contributor to the Air Force Art Program, Jim's work has been featured on the cover of AIR FORCE magazine.

Jim Dietz has been honored with several gold medals from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and has won Best in Show in three successive years in the EAA Aviation Art Show. In 1988, at the second American Society of Aviation Artists forum, Jim was awarded the "People's Choice Award" for his painting selected by forum attendees. Major showings of Dietz's originals have recently been held at the EAA Museum and the San Diego Air Museum.

James Dietz was commissioned by Marathon Oil Corporation to create two paintings used for the company’s 100th anniversary in 1987. 

Jim Dietz lives in Seattle with his wife Patti and their son Ian.

Written and submitted January 2012 by Will Freytag, friend of the artist

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