With more than 38 years as a full-time artist, Stan has produced literally hundreds of paintings documenting historical events, people, and places. His most famous and recognized masterpieces are of aviation and maritime subjects. Stan’s art has been published in countless publications, books, and periodical. His art is highly sought by major museums and notable collections worldwide. Stan Stokes was commissioned by the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California to create his 12-foot by 120-foot mural of the “History of the Flying White House” which is on permanent display in the new Air Force One Pavilion. In addition, Stan’s painting of the “U.S.S. Ronald Regan” is hanging in the Legacy Room of the library. The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, has two paintings by Stan on permanent display. Both are of the USS George H.W. Bush, our nation’s next aircraft carrier. Stan also has three large fine art murals are in the Palm Springs Air Museum; the “Tuskegee Airmen,” “Dauntless at Midway” and “Corsair on Approach.”
Currently, Don is working on two large paintings for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. The first of the two is of the carrier of the future, the USS Gerald R. Ford and the second painting is of the U.S.S. Monterey, the carrier that a young Gerry Ford served on in WWII. Stan is also working on a painting of the U.S.S. Oriskany for the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola which will join his other works displayed at the museum.
Since the mid-1980s NASA has commissioned Stan to paint numerous works ranging from the Space Shuttles to the SR-71 Blackbird. Stan has also painted works for Burt Rutan, the cutting-edge genius in aviation and space design. Stan has his work displayed in the Air Force art collection, the USAF Academy at Colorado Springs, the Pentagon, the San Diego Aerospace Museum, and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In addition, Stan has won the prestigious Benedictine Art along with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Golden Age of Flight” art award. The National Museum of Naval Aviation honored Stan with the “R.G. Smith award for Excellence in Naval Aviation Art.”