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Check Out Dean Mosher’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dean Mosher. He and his team share his story with us below:

William Dean Mosher was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and moved south with his family in the early 1960s. He studied at the Harris School of Art in Nashville’s Green hills area before moving to Fairhope, Alabama to study with the renowned artist Cleveland Woodward. 

Dean Mosher’s epic historic paintings are located in museums, National Park Service visitor centers, and public buildings around the country, including the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena; NPS Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial; NPS Carillon Historical Park (in the Kettering Family Education Center near the Wright Brothers Aviation Center) in Dayton, Ohio; SUNY Gallery in Plattsburgh, New York; Mobile Museum of Art; Fairhope Museum of History; and Fort Meigs Visitors Center in Perrysburg, Ohio. 

Mosher’s work has also appeared in many books, including The U.S. Air Force: A Complete History, published by the Air Force Historical Foundation and the National Air & Space Museum; Thomas Macdonough: Master of Command in the Early U.S. Navy (Naval Historical Press); Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Naval Historical Press); The Sixty Years’ War for the Great Lakes, 1754–1814 (Michigan State Historical Press); West Wind, Flood Tide: The Battle of Mobile Bay (Naval Historical Press)and Glorious Companions Vol. 1&2. Other publications that have used Mosher’s work include Naval History, Golf Digest, and Shipmate. His artwork has also been seen in documentaries produced for the National Park Service and public television. 

Mosher has served on numerous organization boards, including five years as Historian General of the Naval Order of the United States. He has been honored with many awards, including the Commander General’s medal for saving the archives of the NOUS. He is often sought out for lectures and presentations around the country and was the first Naval Heritage Lecture presenter for the Surface Navy Association at its Annual National Symposium at the Crystal City Hyatt in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2004. 

Mosher lives and works in his hand-built castle home and studio in Fairhope, Alabama, which has been featured on HGTV and the Ananda Lewis Show. 

His proudest achievements are winning the hand of his wife of forty-three years, Pagan, and the raising of their two great children, Megrez Ravel, and Cleveland Turner. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Are you kidding? I’m an artist in a family of artists. A roller coaster ride is smooth compared to making your way in the arts. There were hurdles and disappointments but overall, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. One should learn from one’s mistakes and not keep repeating them. My mantra is do it once, do it right and then move on to the next challenge. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My specialty which has given me national honors and recognition is to create the finest true representation of each image undertaken. First, I absorb everything about the subject I am about to paint. Then when I feel thoroughly comfortable with the subject, I begin contacting the world’s leading authorities on that subject. To date, I have never been turned down by a single scholar who eagerly join in to make sure my work has the historical accuracy so often neglected in favor of “artistic license”. This has led to my work being placed in museums such as the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the United States Naval Academy. 

How do you think about luck?
I find determination is much better than waiting for luck. 

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Image Credits

Thigpen Photography
Pagan Mosher
Brooke Scovil

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