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Silencing the Guns
by James Dietz
Print #2 in our series depicting the "Band of Brothers"
1944, Normandy, France…
1,000 limited edition prints, each hand autographed by Band of Brothers veterans Buck Compton, "Wild Bill" Guarnere, Don Malarkey, and Easy Company’s wartime company commander Dick Winters!
mid-morning hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the deafening sounds of gunfire
resounded across the French hills, along the Channel coast and against low-hanging
clouds. Amidst the fields of the French farm, Brécourt Manor, a particular
cacophony erupted as a German battery of four 105mm cannons shook the soil.
Five miles distant, on Utah Beach, the Brécourt battery’s steel
rained upon American soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division as they disembarked
from their landing craft. Within minutes of that first salvo, an ad hoc squad
of paratroopers from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne,
departed the French village of Le Grand-Chemin with a mission to silence those
Silencing the Guns is
an ultra-realistic painting and fine art print. In 2004, James Dietz, the
artist, traveled to the Brecourt Manor farm in Normandy, France, to study
the battlefield. His resulting artwork captures the hedgerow's cool, dark
shade, set against the warm, summer sun that rose on the morning of D-Day,
60 years ago.
Completing Dietz's research,
the staff of Valor Studios/Ghost Wings gathered historical details from the
last living veterans who had fought as members of Easy Company at Brecourt.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Buck Compton, Sgt (ret.) Bill Guarnere, Sgt. (ret.) Don Malarkey,
and Maj (ret.) Dick Winters each contributed their personal memories of the
mission to silence the guns. Major (ret.) Dick Winters, in particular, critiqued
each of the painting's concept sketches ensuring Silencing the Guns' ultra-realism
and historical faithfulness.
Dietz has gained international recognition in aviation, military and automotive
art circles for his unique approach to these genres. "The people, settings
and costumes are what make early 20th Century history exciting and romantic
to me." It is this feeling that makes Jim Dietz and his artwork so different
from his contemporaries. Rather than simply illustrate hardware, Jim prefers
to portray human involvement, to show in his paintings the interaction between
man and machine-after all, he says, "it is the people who make machines
great-by design, by operation and by dedication."
A native of San Francisco, Jim graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1969 and began a successful illustration career in Los Angeles. The subject matter varied from automobiles to action scenes to romantic book covers. A steady flow of work from New York clients enabled Jim and his wife to move to Seattle in 1978, where he began to fulfill his dream of specializing in historical aviation, automotive and military art. His clients have included Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Federal Express, Allison, Cessna, Flying Tigers, the Indianapolis 500, BMW, the National Guard and many U.S. Army organizations and associations.
Jim lives in Seattle with his wife, Patti, son, lan and his Australian Shepherd, Tazzy, who is seen often in Jim's paintings. His studio resembles a World War I aviator's bar, filled with flying and automotive memorabilia, wooden props and model airplanes.
Artist Jim Dietz with "Silencing The Guns" signer Major Richard Winters.