Truman Sailor Uses Artistic Abilities to Improve Ship

Story Number: NNS090815-04Release Date: 8/15/2009 10:13:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danna Morris, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- A USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Deck Department Sailor has taken his passion for art from personal sketchbooks and doodles on napkins to the bulkheads on board Truman.

"As soon as I could hold a pencil I was drawing," said Seaman Christian J. Taylor, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
"I used to always get bored going out to eat with my family, so I'd just draw on the napkins or whatever I could find."

Drawing since the age of 3, his passion for art expanded to airbrushing and has stayed with him to this day.

Taylor's first airbrushed mural on board Truman is now on display in the mezzanine gym. The mural isn't Taylor's first imprint of creativity around the ship.
He entered a T-shirt design contest for the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department with the hopes of winning a new digital camera.

Four months later, Taylor went to the MWR office to claim his shirt and prize.

"They asked if I could do anything else," said Taylor.
"I told them I could airbrush, and it all started from there."

Taylor says there is no doubt his skills came from his father, who worked for The Walt Disney Co. His inspiration, on the other hand, comes from many different sources.

"My wife and mother give me the most inspiration," said Taylor. "Every time I've ever drawn, my mother has loved my pictures, even if it's just stick figures."

Taylor loves drawing and airbrushing and feels the year and a half he has spent in the Navy has been the right career decision.

"I've never really thought about art as a career," said Taylor. "It's just something I really love to do whenever I get the chance."

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