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American 1922 - 2001
Virtually everyone -- stamp collectors included -- has at one time or another
enjoyed the work of award-winning artist David K. Stone. His paintings have appeared in many of America's leading magazines, among them The Saturday Evening Post, Reader's Digest and
American Heritage. He was one of the handful of distinguished artists chosen to design America's postage stamps and is remembered for stamps he designed for the ground-breaking
History of World War II series issued by the Marshall Islands.
One of America's top artists and illustrators, Stone possessed a rare talent that enabled him to capture humor and
sentiment in a manner that everyone, young or old, enjoyed, and his works are in the permanent collections of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Postal
Service, National Air and Space Administration, International Aerospace Hall of Fame and New York City's Museum of American Illustration.
Born in Oregon, but attracted to the bright lights of
the "Big Apple," where he received his formal art education and spent most of his long career, Stone always retained the easy going nature of his western roots, and was always ready to mentor
young artists --- whether fellow members of the Society of Illustrators or aspiring high school and college art students. He worked more than 20 years on his monumental series Pioneers of
Flight -- more than 120 paintings -- and painted every U.S. President through Clinton.