Grandson and protege of the legendary aviation artist and one of the founding members of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the late R.G. Smith, Steve Tack possessed a love of aircraft at an early age. Steve studied under his grandfather and after years of hard work and critique, achieved his own critically acclaimed style. Tack is group leader for airborne photography at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Pt. Mugu California. He has created oil paintings for more than 50 air shows in the U.S. and Canada.
A native of Southern California, Steve attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in cinema and television production. In 1990, he began working as an airborne motion picture and video photographer in support of Flight Test for the Naval Air Warfare Center at NAS Pt. Mugu in Southern California. Steve’s educational training, in combination with his “on-the-job” experience, has lent him a unique insight and detailed perspective toward aviation that is reflected in each of his paintings.