About the Artist
An artist’s life devoted to history and an ardent love of ships and sea has produced an important realistic body of work. Dale Gallon, renowned military history painter, has transferred his love of history to one of his first artistic loves, the sea and sailing ships. Influenced at a very young age by Winslow Homer, Montague Dawson and Duncan Gleason, plus a life of sailing on the Pacific Coast, has brought Gallon to paint the influences that originally fired his artistic drive.
The pictures presented here are evidence of the last few years of artistic work and historical study. Naval historical author Patrick O’Brian who gave us the wonderful saga of Aubery Muturin, and the basis for the movie Master & Commander has inspired many of the paintings shown here.
Dale Gallon has been telling historically accurate visual stories since 1980. He has always had a passion for history and art and feels fortunate that he could combine the two. He is a native of Southern California where he graduated from Art Center college of Design now located in Pasadena, CA. Following graduation, he provided illustration for McDonnell Douglas, as well as many large Southern California companies and taught Art at the University of California Long Beach.
While still on the West Coast, he released his first limited edition Civil War Print in 1980. The Civil War genre of art that is so widely recognized today was in its invancy. Dale blazed a path for other artist to follow, setting high standards along the way. In 1984, he and his wife, Anne, moved to Gettysburg with their young sons, Matt and Josh, to be close to where the famous Civil War Battle of Gettysburg took place.
Four moths after their arrival, Christian, their third son, was born in Gettysburg. Since then, Dale and Anne have been a team of developing their family business, Gallon Historical Art. Today Dale’s art is sold on their website, www.gallon.com, as well as in their Gettysburg gallery located at 9 Steinwehr Avenue. The Gettysburg gallery has 3500 square feet to showcase Dale’s prolific works. Included in the gallery are originals and lithographs as well as paper and canvas giclées.
From 1980 to today, Dale has created over 300 historical images. It is his goal to help future generations to understand the history of our great nation. Dale has been responsible for stimulating a thirst for historical knowledge among his collectors as each of Dale’s paintings is a history lesson on canvas.
It is said that great things can be accomplished if a person contains a passion for its cause. Dale Gallon has that passion and his artistic ability allows him to share it with others. It is through Dale’s art that America’s history is kept alive and well.
The pictures shown on this website are not a new direction for Gallon, but the rediscovery of an old passion, our nautical heritage.