When asked to produce a painting depicting this Spitfire taking off, at night, I was all too eager to capture a feeling of speed and trepidation. Once the picture had been completed (to illustrate the BBMF brochure 2014 as one of the Spits’ would be wearing this particular colour scheme) I was asked if the pilot depicted in the picture, Anthony Cooper, could see the picture. Obviously, I was a little nervous as I was unsure what he would think of my work. The Spitfire was named “Peter John 1″ after his new born son. Shortly after I sent a copy of the print I received this email
” I was most interested and felt greatly privileged when I was sent an email with an attachment depicting your painting “Out of Darkness”, based on my taking off on my first night D-Day beaches patrol. It was, I still remember, a pretty exciting time, not only because Spitfires are not the most favourite and easy aircraft to fly at night – narrow undercarriages, dodgy in crosswind landings – but at that time the weather was worse than nasty – pitch black, no horizon and blinding rain !
The A4 mounted print measures 400mm x 300mm, A4 framed measures 430mm x 330mm, both are mounted in RAF Blue. This print is also available as an A3 mounted print with hard board backing and measures 500mm x 400mm. The original was sold earlier this year.