Some Art=Guns=Art | Gun Paintings by Andrea Helm

Some time circa post-lunch today found me scrolling through social media instead of working. Happily, I spotted something that made me think, “I gotta get one of those!”: they’re gun paintings by Art of the Gun. Now I can write something about it and I won’t feel bad for wasting 45 minutes of life- and work-time on Instagram. 

Art of the Gun is a shop on Etsy. It features painting, woodburning, and other muse-driven endeavors by Texas-based artist (and occasional competition shooter) Andrea Helm. Most of what you see here (though not all) is firearm-focused, i.e. gun artwork (@artofthegun on Instagram). 

Gun paintings: Barrett MRAD, Chevy Nova, and Dodge Charger

Because wanted something from her site, I thought some of you might as well. Plus it’s always a good idea to order your bespoke gifts early, particularly once the Black-Friday-to-Christmas frenzy begins. That’s doubly true now that we’re experiencing shipping and other delays across the country. 

Check this one out. 

gun painting of a bolt action rifle in West Texas snow
This particular gun painting is a rendition of a bolt action rifle owned by the author’s brother, shown here on a West Texas field covered by snow. This particular weapon (the model, as it were) was built by Red Beard Gunworks of Portland, TX. It features a Bighorn Arms TL-3 action, a Bighorn Arms TL-3 action, Kinetic Research Group Whiskey-3 chassis, Q Trash Panda suppressor, and Bushnell Elite Tac optic. 

The Winter Hunt. This is a woodblock-style firearms illustration of a 12.5-inch SBR bolt gun in .223, built by Red Beard Gunworks in Portland, Texas. The background is a winter day in West Texas, where the wind cuts to the bone and the snow is dirt-colored . . .

Want to mix in some vehicle action?


West Texas Landscape – Glock & Truck Art Print

This is a woodblock style firearm illustration of deep West Texas sunset, an EDC Glock 9MM, and the old reliable Tundra…

Arsenal Democracy trigger and magwell
Parker Mountain Machine comp
Agency Arms barrel
Landers Weapon System frame work
ATEI slide work
Surefire X300U WML
RMR red dot

Based on a gear photo provided by my brother Matt Helm Knives.

This artwork features 105 different watercolor layers, cut out and stacked digitally like a Japanese woodblock. That’s an STI International Costa Comp 2011, cut by ATEi for an RMR red dot, and a 2007 Suzuki DR650SE in the background. Along with a very peaceful West Texas sunset.

STI 2011 & Suzuki DR650SE – Guns and Bikes Art Print

This is a woodblock style firearms illustration of an STI Costa Comp 2011, cut by ATEI for an RMR red dot and set up with a Surefire X300UA weapon light. In the background is a West Texas sunset and a 2007 Suzuki DR650SE . . .

Based on a gear photo provided by my brother Matt Helm Knives.

There is more to be had than gun paintings, of course, particularly if you visit her other collection, Car and Craft



But anyway, I digress.

Gun Paintings

If you’re so inclined you can get yours online at Art of the Gun. The quality is good, the art is good, and the artist is good people. Promise. 

A Nova, a Charger, and an MRAD walk into a bar...
A Nova, a Charger, and an MRAD walk into a bar… So, the story behind this is, the artist got hold of some 1/6 scale miniature Beretta MRADs some time back. She gave them (well, some of them) to her nephews for Christmas. Since the boys also had some miniature cars (a Chevy Nova and a Dodge Charger, to be specific), she felt it appropriate to pose some shots with all the above. This painting is the result. 



Art of the Gun artist Andrea Helm doing some work at a competition.
Art of the Gun artist Andrea Helm doing some work at a competition.
She's just sayin'...
She’s just sayin’…
David Reeder's Wu Tang name is Lucky Prophet. He is a retired AF veteran, former Peace Officer, and current Tier 2.5 writer-operator. Over the course of his career, he has worked a variety of military and lE billets, served as an Observer-Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center, a MOUT instructor, and an MTT tracking instructor - all of which sounds much cooler than it really was. Although he only updates his website once in a very great while, he can absolutely be relied upon to post to social media (@reederwrites) at least once a month. -Ish.

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