This unassuming master artist has never sought recognition - just the satisfaction of quietly creating the best aeronautical compositions possible. He has never been marketed by a major art publisher; never, in fact, quit his job as a graphic artist with a midwest newspaper. Nor has he taken formal training in, or studied, the fine arts. In short, he researches and paints historic aviation scenes for the sheer love of it.

Harley began aeronautical painting in the late 1960's, studying the works of model box-top artists. In 1971, he was invited to join the U.S. Air Force Art Program.

As part of his research, he flew in a variety of Air Force aircraft. In 1972, he went on a research tour of bases in Southeast Asia. This lead to one of his favorite - and better-known - paintings, "Thunder Over The Red River", a tribute to the F-105 Thunderchief and the men who flew it.

Other favorite subjects include the P-47 Thunderbolt, with paintings such as "Bud's Jug" and "Final Mission" that commemorate great Thunderbolt pilots of the 56th Fighter Group in World War II. He is perhaps best known for his stunning renditions of the P-51 Mustang fighter.