Page 13: Meet a rare military fine artist

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Painter Suzy Templin is a rare breed. There are just a handful of military fine artists in America.

Suzy specialized in painting military planes for the Air Force. She says her goal is to capture the essence of the aircraft.

"I want to bring paintings to life. It's like a person is in the plane and the engine is revving up," Templin said.

You can view some of Templin's work on the first floor of the terminal building at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

It's called the military art wall and you can see Suzy's depictions of everything from a B-2 Stealth Bomber to a P-40 Warhawk.

Her favorite is the one of World War II fighter group the Flying Tigers.

"It's a brave plane and it represents our brave military" said Templin with pride in her voice.

The Military Art Wall is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chamber's Centurion Association. When Suzy paints an aircraft she wants it to be so real that you can almost hear the roar of the engine and smell the jet fuel.

She paints every detail in the name of authenticity.

"I make sure it's authentic because some veteran will look at it and I don't want to let them down " Templin said.

That means she researches every aircraft. This military artist is very passionate about turning real life into works of art, like the C-130 used by the Hurricane Hunters at Keesler Air Force Base.

"Everywhere I go, Everything I look at I see in paint strokes" said Templin.

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