Dru Blair 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 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.
In Atlanta from 1985-87 he transitioned 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 was the first of three Air Force Magazine covers and remains
the number one selling aviation print in the world.
More paintings followed the advent of his own publishing company,
Blair Art Studios Inc., and the Blair School of Art in Blair, SC.
Dru has been featured in dozens of interviews and magazine covers.
His paintings can be found in hundreds of magazines and books.
He has produced a half dozen instructional videos on airbrushing
and is a featured lecturer at the World Airbrush Exposition.
He was the Guest of Honor at the International Airbrush Forum in
Germany - which drew over 10,000 artists from around the world.
He was the official artist for Star Trek: Voyager book covers,
as well as several of the other Star Trek licensees.
Dru currently resides in Blair, South Carolina.
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.
Click the image below for Dru's Classes at Paint Factory...