United States Air Force Academy Official Class Prints
The History of the Class Painting project is one for the books. Rick was recently furloughed from United Airlines in 1971 and moved back to Colorado with his wife and daughter to await for his recall to the Airlines. During the time, he was selling cars for Daniels Chevrolet. He set a record selling Corvettes that still stands today. One of the Cadets he met was a young man named John Regni. They became friends and Rick invited John to visit his studio.
After seeing some of Rick's amazing artwork, John told him that he should do a painting for his Class. Thinking this was a great idea, Rick created "Dawn Patrol Solo". The class paid for the painting and gifted it back to the Academy. Thus starting the Class Painting Project.
Over the past Four Decades, Rick has continued to capture the spirit of almost every class on canvas. He boasts the largest collection of Air Force Academy art commissioned by graduating classes by one artist. This is by far one of the longest held traditions at the Academy and his legacy continues with each class.
Others have tried to take this project from him. Few have succeeded. Only a handful of years did not go with Rick to create their painting. This is a project that was pioneered by one artists vision and his tenure as the Artist will continue for years to come. Others can try, but there is only ONE true artist for the job, Rick Broome.
Some of the most famous artists in the world have coined Rick as the Academy's own. They are in some cases masters in aviation art. Those like Keith Ferris, who would never encroach on this project, feel Rick has done more for the Cadets in 40 years than any other artist. His work inspires and captures the beauty of flight. Although the paintings are always similar in some fashion, they are 100% unique to the Academy. His techniques are solid and he is known for hiding elements in all of his paintings. This is his trademark along with his Starlites.
For those that own one of Rick's works, they will all tell you. "The Class Painting is one of my most prized possessions". Graduates dating back to the late 70's when the first prints were done still have their art proudly hanging on their walls. From 2LT's to 4 Star Generals, Rick has undoubtedly made an impact with is creations.
It's never too late to own a piece of your history. Most of his paintings are still available. We hope to add you as a collector. We know you will enjoy it and pass it down for generations...