Local aviation artist Cher Hogan is heading south this week to accept one of three top art awards in the “Horizons of Flight Competition”--the largest aviation art contest in North America.
Hogan will be presented with the “American Women in Aviation Maintenance” award for her painting entitled, “Personal Touch.” It portrays friend Angela Korzinski, owner of Rusty Myers Flying Service Ltd. here, at work on the engine of an aircraft.
The awards presentation is slated Saturday evening at the Simu-Flight Centre in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
“I sent [the painting] in at the beginning of August,” Hogan noted late last week. “It was one of 500 submitted from around the world.
“They usually take about 30 paintings out of the entries for the show,” she added, noting those show pieces then were judged for awards.
This was Hogan’s third-straight year entering the “Horizons of Flight” competition but her first big win. She won an award of merit two years ago, and last year had two paintings entered in the show though not garnering any awards.
“What made it all the more special was having somebody I know in the painting,” smiled Hogan. “I have such admiration for Angie running the kind of business that was male-oriented in the past.
“And now she’ll be hanging on the walls at the Simu-Flight Centre for three months--it’s just too neat!” she laughed.
Meanwhile, Hogan is contemplating an invitation to New Orleans to attend a Christmas party hosted by American entrepreneur and multi-millionaire David Orrick (of vacuum cleaner fame) .
Hogan was commissioned by Orrick last fall to do five aircraft paintings after he saw a set of 12 murals she had painted for the Beech 18 Society of America in Tellahoma, Tenn.
She finished up the project over the winter.
But Hogan isn’t straying from her easel for too long. Future projects include a submission to the “American Society of Aviation Artists” next spring and another to a competition in Oshkosh, Wis.
She also has several commissions on the go.
“I learned to give myself self-discipline. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I paint full days,” she added, noting Tuesdays and Thursdays were devoted to teaching piano lessons.
“Then I entertain [my granddaughter] Saturday and Sunday, and watch football,” she smiled.