For someone as intensely immersed in art and history as Don Troiani is, it comes as no surprise that his father was an accomplished commercial artist and his mother a successful antiques dealer. Don was born in New York City in 1949, and his passions were clear early on. His parents encouraged his passions and so it was that he studied with the New York City Art Students League and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The rest, as they say, is history. Since he began his professional career in the early 1970s, respect and admiration for Don’s work and expertise only continues to grow.
There can be a lengthy amount of time between when the idea for a painting first occurs and its actual execution. First, Don researches every aspect, sometimes including travel to historic battlefields or structures. Next, proper apparel and equipment is researched and selected. If necessary, reproductions may be made of particularly delicate items. Then, Don selects models who accurately reflect the character of the time and uses them in the creation of his artwork. Finally, he then begins the actual painting, using his research, the equipment, and the models to execute his trademark style. Don Troiani’s precise realist approach, in conjunction with his exhaustive research, has led some experts in the field to label him the foremost historic military artist.
His artwork has been featured extensively on television and in print and is held in prestigious public and private collections. As you might imagine, his paintings are popular with the A&E, History, Discovery and Military channels, as well as networks such as CNN and NBC. Don’s print credits extend internationally, and include the likes of “The Washington Post”, “The New York Post”, “US New and World Report”, “National Geographic”, “USA Today”, “Smithsonian”, “International Churchill Society”, “US Department of State”, and many more. His pieces are represented in the collections of the National Civil War Museum, Gettysburg National Park, the Pentagon, US Marine Corps Museum, West Point Museum, Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology, Fort Leavenworth, and the US Army War College, among others.
In addition to his acclaimed artistry, Don Troiani is often lauded for his incomparable credibility on the uniforms, equipage, insignia, and weapons of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the War of 1812, and WWII. As a result of this, his insight is often sought out by film producers, major museums, and private collectors around the country. Don received screen credit as a “Civil War Uniform and Equipage Consultant” for the feature film “Cold Mountain” and its companion “Cold Mountain: The Journey From Book to Film”. He has appeared on and been military advisor to the History Channel’s series “Civil War Journal” and “The American Revolution”.
And as another cap in his feather, Don is the author or co-author of seven books historic military artifacts and soldiers and many articles for various publications on similar topics. Additionally, he is on the board of the Anne Brown Library and the Civil War Trust. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award of the United States National Guard and created artwork for the special postcard commemorating their 350th anniversary. Don was also the designer of three Civil War battlefield coins for the US Mint.
On the whole, Don Troiani’s body of accomplishment is vast and impressive. His command of knowledge on historical military uniforms, equipage, weapons, and associated information is astounding. That Don also possesses the artistic talent to translate all of this information into beautifully rendered paintings is a blessing to his many avid fans. Don Troiani fine art prints are widely-sought around the world. Military art collectors praise his art as “a benchmark towards which others in the genre can only aspire” (historian and author Robert Krick) and “outstanding, with an… uncompromising standard of authenticity” (author A. Wilson Greene).
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