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IN MY CONTINUING quest of bringing a modicum of order to 33 years of R&T memorabilia, I came upon several 24 x 36-in. poster boards that were part of the magazine’s 50th anniversary in 1997. One in particular caught my eye: It contained an Innes Ireland story with accompanying art by Barron Storey.
It would have been standard to illustrate the story with car photos. But, as you can see below, “Sentimental Journeys” was anything but a standard automotive tale. And the accompanying art fit it perfectly.
Barron Storey, Texas-born in 1940, is an American artist and educator. His 1979 rendering of the Space Shuttle commissioned by NASA was the first such painting ever done. It hangs in the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. In meeting the R&T commission, Barron read Innes’s words and recognized nuances that were classically Italianesque.
In his book Slow Jams, 1999, David Choe wrote of Barron Storey: “Nobody draws better than Barron. Not you, not your little sister, your architect dad, not your rebellious ex-boyfriend who draws with his own blood, not the most talented kid at your art school. Not your favorite artist in the whole world; I’ve seen the work with my own eyes. Nobody draws better than The Barron.”
And, as you can see here, few wrote better than Innes Ireland. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2016