These drawings are a part of a commission given by the Boy Scouts of America to commemorate the Order of the Arrow's (BSA's national honor society) upcoming 100th anniversary. This project captures the story behind the founding of the Order the Arrow as it showcases the progression of influential events in the organization's initial years.
This project has been a huge part of my life recently, I have been working on this project (in conjunction with finishing college and working at camp) for just over a year. I have been honored that I was able to combine my two passions, Scouting and art, in a project as significant and meaningful as this one.
08.13.2012. During the National Order of the Arrow Conference, over 5000 individuals came through the OA museum at the Michigan State University Union over the course of 4 days. During museum hours I was stationed aside a display of the majority of the drawings; I had the chance to explain the project to participants, sign postcards, and personally meet thousands of Arrowmen from all across the country. I couldn’t begin to explain on how great it felt to finally see the culmination of all the hard work put into this project.
The drawings were displayed throughout the museum especially in the beginning of the museum with the Founding of our Order and Treasure Island exhibits, the art gallery in the concourse, and the OA physical timeline. The icing on the cake was that the main display of the drawings where I was stationed was directly adjacent to the paintings of Joseph Csatari, BSA’s official painter. Over the past few years I have studied the Boy Scout art of Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari intently and referenced their work as a starting point for the OA Timeline Drawings. This event got me pretty excited about the possibility of making more BSA and OA inspired work in the future, in which I hope to capture my interest in the content by exploring the medium of oil similar to continue the tradition set by Rockwell and Csatari.
NOAC 2012 was a major success with the museum being one of the major highlights which was completely revamped from years past. Again I want to again thank the National Order of the Arrow Committee and particularly Bill Topkis for trusting me to depict some of the most significant and renowned moments in the OA’s history. Click here to view rest of the OA 100th Anniversary Timeline Drawings.