Customer Comments

"I am the author of THE TUNNEL KING; THE TRUE STORY OF WALLY FLOODY AND THE GREAT ESCAPE. I asked especially for Mr. Thistle's painting IN THE BALANCE, for the cover and was absolutely thrilled to hear that he had granted permission to my publisher. Now that I have seen the cover, I am more than ever convinced that there couldn't be a better image for the front of the book. I wanted to pass on my thanks personally, and say again how much I admire that painting and Mr. Thistle's other military art."
Barbara Hehner
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"My full compliments! Awesome work! Superb use of colour - and a great web site. What a breath of fresh air and Canadian to boot!"
Bruce Douglas
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"The print is superb! Truly beautiful! I really love that one. Same feeling as when I first saw the original in Stratford. I am soooo happy! Thanks for the kind words. I am fortunate to know both of you personally, and am happy that we keep in touch. It adds an extra sentimental value to my prints, representing a highlight in my career, captured by a wonderful artist that I know. It does not get any better!"
Capt. Patrick Ouellet
Snowbird #8 (1999-2000)
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"The poster is a birthday present for our dear lady friend Lesley Martin, who flew the Cessna 180 floatplane commercially in Queensland, Australia some 15 years ago. It has been a pleasure to do business with you."
Capt. Yan Boerop Russell, Northland, New Zealand
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"The painting has arrived and I'm thrilled!  It will look great in our new house and reminds me of home. I come from near Seaford and used to play golf regularly from roughly where the picture is taken from. Incidentally, we also stopped at Tangmere on my birthday last year. Great, great, great! "
Colin Hayward, Leymen, France
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"I just opened the fine-art print. It's fantastic! I really didn't have an appreciation for the small details around the drop zone signal fire, packages and soldiers being dropped. A first class job! Also a big thanks for your keeping me informed of the progress and the two posters."
Dave Leach, Lewisville Texas 
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"I finally had time today to visit your virtual exhibition THE HEART OF STRATFORD. What a magnificent presentation! You must be very proud of your accomplishment. I am sure that the developer and the people of Stratford, including visitors, will enjoy your work for years to come. Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment."
Garry Clifford, British Columbia
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"I wanted to let you know I received 'The High Road' poster. Thank you so much for signing it. I know Barry will love it. He is such a wonderful history teacher and has a real passion for Canadian historical content especially in the two world wars. This is a wonderful parting gift for him. I can't thank you enough!"
Gail McIntosh, Vancouver
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"Thanks so much for checking to make sure the print arrived. UPS delivered it on Thursday morning and I took it in to be framed right away. I am really pleased with the print and I know my son is really going to love it. Thanks again."
Heather Doerksen, Agassiz BC
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"The poster arrived today. Talk about speedy delivery! It's wonderful! The original must be really something! I find it quite nostalgic. In the early 60's I used to fly over Ontario with a friend, in a small Cessna. It was really a lot of fun. Brings back good memories."
Helen Howes, Toronto
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"The 30th Snowbird Anniversary is already two weeks old and the Team is busy with the winter work-ups in preparation for next year's show season. It was an outstanding way to close out our 30th season. Allowing us to use your creativity and talent in the creation of FLYING THE FLAG and giving us carte blanche in the use of that image really gave us flexibility in planning the weekend. Without your loyal and dedicated support, the weekend would not have been the success it was. It was truly an honour to have you both at the reunion. I extend my heartfelt gratitude and thanks for exceptional dedication and generosity. The Snowbirds are fortunate to have you as true friends."
J.G.R. 'Cowboy' Painchaud, Major
Commanding Officer 1999-2000-2001
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"Just a note to let you know how thrilled I am to be the owner of your original watercolor, DOUBLE DIAMOND RADICAL TWINS. Your painting is hanging in a home that appreciates fine art. My late father, James Penman Rae, was an artist and writer. He left his eight children a legacy of beautiful paintings and writings (poetry and prose) and an appreciation of the sacrifice, dedication and talent that is embodied in each work of art. Your painting of the Snowbirds is treasured by our family. Thank you for creating this beautiful piece of Canadian art!"
Janis Stewart
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"I was pleased to read in the Beacon Herald that you have completed your artwork on the facade of Stratford Place, entitled THE HEART OF STRATFORD. Residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy your magnificent paintings of Stratford for years to come. These pieces act as a time capsule to preserve the present image of Stratford while recapturing the city's history. Your contribution to enhancing the beauty of downtown Stratford through your artistry is a commendable achievement. Congratulations on the completion of this project and best wishes for continued success."
John Richardson, M.P. Perth-Middlesex, Ontario
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Comments in postscript, by Colonel Phil 'Hands' Handley in his book, NICKEL ON THE GRASS...
"The painting RHINO CHARGE shown on the cover is from the easel of noted Canadian artist, Rich Thistle. Working from charts, diagrams, pictures, models and innumerable exchanges with the author, he dramatically captured a historically significant instant of aerial combat with stunning accuracy. I will always be grateful to Rich Thistle for the tenacity, dedication and patience he showed in the creation of this painting which hangs proudly over my bar, and shall forever be a treasured possession."
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"Sir, you are a messenger who communicates with paint. "Lone Wolf" remains an excellent representation of the moment, to such a degree that it truly caught my eye. It makes people look, wonder and hopefully explore. The message is the whole canvas, not the tiny details."
R. (Randy) Green
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