SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Sioux City-based artist Darren Maurer has spent the past six weeks working on a piece that will soon be travelling the world.
“We have several hours and actually days of just research that we did because I’m not an expert, so we had to do a lot of research and, we actually even hired a model to take some reference photos of,” says Maurer.
Maurer says he’s spent about 80 hours on this piece for the USS Sioux City.
He says the commisioning committee decided on the design of the oil painting.
“They settled on a painting of a native Sioux Warrior, with the Sioux being the native people of Sioux City and then the warrior to tie in the naval combat ship,” said Maurer.
Maurer has been painting for 25 years but says this piece has a very special meaning for him.
“To think about that this painting is going to be displayed on the ship for the lifetime of the ship, you know, it’s quite an honor,” says Maurer.
While Maurer has paintings displayed in several countries, this piece will always be on the move, which is something completely new for him.
“You know it’s kind of a little bit crazy to think about. I’ve been thinking about that while I’ve worked on that the painting could be you know, off the sea of Japan or, you know, traveling the Pacific Ocean,” said Maurer. “I mean, it just seems a little surreal actually that it’s going to be on this ship. I’m very honored.”
Maurer says high-resolution pictures will be taken of the completed artwork that will later be sold.
The painting will be placed inside a frame and will be flown to Annapolis, Maryland, for the commissioning of the USS Sioux City which is next Saturday, November 21.