Edwin Markham was born on September 21, 1943 in Great Barrington, Mass. where he resided until he enlisted in the navy on October 1960.
Midpoint in his naval career, he became an Illustrator/Draftsman, and remained in that position until his retirement on June 1980.
During his years in the navy, he gained much experience in all facets of graphics and art: producing technical illustrations, visual training aids, briefings, cartoons and ultimately magazine layouts and illustrations. His last tour of duty was with the Chief of Navy Information serving as layout artist for various internal publications, and as contributing artist for "ALL HANDS MAGAZINE."
His interest in maritime and aviation art stems from childhood on. During his naval career, he had the opportunity to observe both the nautical and aviation world first hand, having served aboard several ships, and also working with many aviation squadrons.
When creating his illustrations, he would strive to obtain a high degree of realism, and at the same time, capture on canvas, that special moment the pilot or crew is experiencing, and relate that rapture to his audience.
Since his retirement from the navy, he has freelanced his art, and produced many limited edition black and white prints of historical interest and aviation subjects. His military illustrations have appeared in ALL HANDS MAGAZINE (cover and color features), and AMERICAN LEGION magazines. The National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL recently accepted one of his paintings into their collection. Titled "Home to Roost", the 22" X 28" painting of the airship USS Macon will be on display in the Lighter Than Air section of the museum.
Home to Roost
by Ed Markham
On exhibit at National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida