Artist fires up a Learjet to make Jet Art, and celebrate an aviation milestone

The art goes for thousands

SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It doesn't take much time for princess Tarinan von Anhalt to make a masterpiece. Try 20 in one day.

All it takes is a Learjet, and some bravery to make unique art.

"I could never copy my own painting. It's all one of a kind," said von Anhalt.

Von Anhalt uses the force behind the Learjet 40 XR to help toss paint onto a canvas.

Von Anhalt says she's always been an artist, from film to cosmetology, but Jet Art is her favorite venture right now. She says it's an adrenaline rush.

"It is dangerous, I don't think about it. I get in front of the jet, I'm in the moment. I'm creating a moment in time so it's literally history making," said von Anhalt.

Von Anhalt joined West Palm Beach's Flexjet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Learjet, created by Bill Lear in 1963.

Flexjet spokesperson Michael Powers said von Anhalt helps highlight the jet. "I know what it's like to be behind the plane and I know what the thrust feels like and the smell. I was excited to see just how she was going to do it," said Powers.

Powers said each of the engines can put out 3,500 pounds of thrust.

"You have hurricane winds that can go up to level five, you have temperatures of 500 degrees, you have the strongest engine that you have," explained von Anhalt.

On Wednesday, von Anhalt plans to complete nearly 40 pieces of art.

She's the first woman to complete Jet Art. Her late husband created the art form 30 years ago. "I know he's up there smiling and inspiring me with all the colors and the excitement," said von Anhalt.

She is carrying out out a family legacy, while laying the groundwork for more of her own goals. "One day, I'm going to do a jet with a jet."

At least one piece will be donated to an auction for charity. Employees at Flexjet say the art goes for thousands of dollars.

Von Anhalt also uses Jet Art to make colorful statues, cars, and fashion items like scarves and jeans.

Officials with Flexjet say a new Learjet 85 will be unveiled in the summer of 2014.

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