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Dru Blair
member since January 7, 2010
United StatesBlair, SC

Dru Blair is a Photorealist painter who currently operates a school of Photorealism in his ancestral hometown of Blair, SC. He was born in Newbern, NC., September 7. Growing up in Columbia, SC, his ambitions originally were directed toward a career in medicine. However, during his undergraduate studies at Furman University in Greenville, SC, he discovered an artistic ability. He switched majors his senior year and graduated in 1981 with a BA. degree in art. He later found employment in Myrtle Beach, SC. as an airbrush artist painting shirts. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia earning a Masters Degree in 1984. He worked in Atlanta from 1985-1987 transitioning to commercial illustration. In 1988 he won the National Airbrush Excellence Award, which ushered in a wave of commercial opportunities. The following year he produced his first aviation painting, "Power" which became the first of three Air Force Magazine covers and remains the number one selling aviation print in the world . Other aviation paintings followed the advent of his own publishing company, Blair Art Studios Inc., and more recently, the Blair School of Art in Blair, SC. Dru Blair is an Air Force Association Life Member (1989), Honorary Member of the United States Air Force (since 1991), Army Aviation Association of America Life Member (since 1993) , member of the North Carolina Association of Designers and Illustrators (since 1989), member of the Air Force Art Program (since 1991), member of the Graphic Artists Guild (since 1993), Artist Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists (since 1994), and board member of the International Airbrush Association. He has been featured in television interviews and on dozens of magazine covers. His paintings can be found in hundreds of magazine and book publications. Commercial projects have included popular themes such as the Budweiser Bullfrogs . He has produced a half dozen instructional videos on airbrush techniques and was a featured lecturer at the World Airbrush Exposition. He was the official artist for Star Trek: Voyager book covers, as well as several of the other Star Trek licensees. Partial client list: Budweiser, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, Proctor & Gamble, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nabisco, Neutrogena, Rolling Rock Beer, Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, McDonalds, Mattel, USA Today, Turner Broadcasting System, Automobile Magazine, American Legion Magazine Airforce Magazine, American Helicopter Pilots Association Magazine, Texaco, Paramount Theme Park, Featured Cover Artist and contributing editor for Airbrush Magazine. More information can be found at and

favourite artists:
Frank Frazetta, Paul Sarkisian, Pino,
favourite books:
anything by Ayn Rand
favourite movies:
Excalibur (John Boorman's version)
favourite music:
Todd Rundgren, Utopia
Astronomy, Science, Philosophy, Objectivist Metaphysics and Epistemology. Exploring, Hiking, Exotic Cars, Autocross, Camping, Fishing, Painting, Music, Video Games, Motorcycles, Farming, and obviously, Art.
favourite dishes:
Chocolate Pudding Pie

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Dru Blair Portrait Paintings "Dru Blair Portrait Paintings" (Airbrush / Illustration)
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Dru Blair Military Paintings "Dru Blair Military Paintings" (Airbrush / Illustration)
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Dru Blair Automotive Paintings "Dru Blair Automotive Paintings" (Kustom Painting)
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Dru Blair Commercial Paintings "Dru Blair Commercial Paintings" (Airbrush / Illustration)
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