Joe Dial with flag 1986


915 cm x 122 cm (36″ x 48″) Oil on stretched canvas.
Joe Dial With Flag 1986, Phillip Carrero 2013.

Portrait of Joe Dial commissioned by his loving wife and biggest fan ever, Shawna Dial.


Joe Dial (born 26 October 1962 in Marlow, Oklahoma) is a retired American pole vaulter, best known for winning the bronze medal at the 1989 World Indoor Championships in Budapest. His personal best was 5.96 metres, achieved in June 1987 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Since retiring from participation in the sport, Dial has turned to coaching. He’s been head coach of the men’s and women’s track and cross country programs at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1993.


Joe at ORU,
“As Joe Dial enters his 18th full season at the helm of the ORU Cross Country and Track & Field programs in 2012-13, it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that he has presided over the most successful era in Golden Eagle history.Included in his time at ORU are three NCAA National Championships, including two by Andretti Bain (Indoor 400m, Outdoor 400m) in 2008 and one by Jack Whitt (Outdoor Pole Vault) in 2012. …
For his efforts, Dial has received Mid-Con Coach of the Year honors on 13 occasions since ORU joined the conference in 1997, including four such accolades during the 2005-06 season. He was also named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCA) 2006 Midwest Region Men’s Coach of the Year for the outdoor season, after guiding the Golden Eagles to a ranking as high as 16th in the USTFCCCA Division I poll. There have been 19 Golden Eagle All-Americans during Dial’s tenure at ORU, as those athletes earned All-American honors in 28 events. Dial’s most recent All-Americans include Jack Whitt, Marvin Bonde, Andretti Bain, Shaun Smith and Rachel Talbert. Whitt finished second in pole vault at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth in the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. Bonde finished fifth in the 200-meter dash at the 2009 Indoor Championships, while Talbert placed sixth in the discus at the 2008 Outdoor Championships. Smith picked up All-American status in the 800-meters at three championship meets, including an eighth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships, a sixth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.Dial understands what it’s like to win. He was the world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986. He also held the American pole vault record for nine years (1985-94), breaking his own record nine times in that span. His highest vault was 19’06.5″. Dial won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. For his efforts, Dial was inducted into the Pole Vault Hall of Fame in 2011.While at Marlow High School, Dial set the current Class 2A state record in the long jump with a leap of 23’05” in 1981. He was the Oklahoma Class 2A state long jump champion in 1980 and 1981, and was a four-time state champion in the pole vault (1978-81). Dial was the first high school pole vaulter to clear 18 feet.Dial and his wife Shawna, an assistant coach at ORU, have three children: Timmy, Tommy, and Tyler.”… extract courtesy of Joe’s Biographical notes, Oral Roberts University.

Raising The Flag At Iwo Jima


132cm x 112cm. Oil on primed board.

Based on Joe Rosenthal’s b/w photo. Phillip Carrero.


Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima is painted from a historic photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a United States Navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.


It won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography the same year it was published (the only photograph at the time ever to have done so), and even appeared on a commemorative US dollar in 1945. What few people know is that this inspiring moment was actually a second version of the original event.

On 23 February 1945, 2nd Battalion Commander Chandler Johnson was ordered to send a platoon to take the Japanese mountain of Suribachi. First Lieutenant Harold G Schrier was chosen to lead the platoon, and as they embarked, Johnson handed Schrier a small US  flag which had been taken from the USS Missoula, and said, ‘If you get to the top, put it up.’ The Battle of Iwo Jima had seen some of the  fiercest  fighting of the Pacific Campaign, and this was the  final throe.

(exerpted from May 12, 2011 By George Clode)

Macarthur President F D R And Nimitz


120Cm X 120Cm. Oil On Board. On Board Of USS Missouri, Pearl Harbor. Phillip Carrero.


-“The seeds of the greatest naval battle of the Pacific war were not planted by U.S. Navy strategists, but rather by a larger-than-life Army general and the President of the United States.”-


-“Franklin Roosevelt had much work to do. Important work. And that was why this wartime president was on his way to Pearl Harbor in July 1944.Whether that work was strategic or political, only Roosevelt knew for certain. The official purpose of the journey was for the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy to meet with the two men running the war in the Pacific. But some claimed this trip was more politically motivated than strategically necessary, that Roosevelt had no need to confer directly with Nimitz and MacArthur, that he was jumping the chain of command by conferring with the two subordinate theater commanders, and that his real motivation was to be seen (and photographed) with General MacArthur. It was, after all, an election year, and just the day before his embarkation in the Baltimore, FDR had been nominated for an unprecedented fourth term as president.”-… and it continues on a well known yardage about the liberation of the Philippines, the Pacific and the war upon the peace treaty signage on that very ship.When I was shown the original photo I instantly recognized Mighty Mo. Who wouldn’t, but it surprised me in that I had never been on it that I knew of… funny feeling.

I am happy with this painting, faithful, good rendering, real looking newspaper and relaxed smiling faces. Nimitz uniform is white without using pure white, a personal achievement on the day. MacArthur’s leather jacket and shiny shoes, the deck… each a challenge in it’s own right, yet no problems.
I love this kind of history painting, but can only do what I’m told, and paid to… do.


I Shall Return


MacArthur_landing120Cm X 120Cm. Oil on primed board. Phillip Carrero.

Gen. MacArthur And Personal Staff On The Philippines Landing.

Reasonably large, my biggest painting by that time. Gun holsters, uniforms, Philippines MP’s, cartographer and personal secretary. Landing craft and marines. All depictions faithful to original.

I don’t recall painting better than these, but that’s up to the beholder, they say.
Water splashing up the pants and uniforms didn’t happen realistically at first. Sheer frustration and all fingers dragged the paint from the water level to where it should be, or so I thought. Then, as I turned around resolved to fix the mess another day, a glimpse of the dragged paint caught my eye… and to my surprise, it looked good! So that day I learned to paint with my fingers and it never left me. The wet reached up the legs literally, and the effect was amazingly real.

Second achievement to my eyes, was the space between the viewer and the marines having a “smoko” on the gunwales of the landing craft. They don’t look as having taken as long to paint as they did, but they look relaxed, and natural. I love the result as much as the rest of the people there. So with the sky

My back-thought in this work was the overwhelming drive of General MacArthur. His authority and his personality as depicted in history were all too evident to me. I had no trouble seeing soldiers jump at his mere word, not unlike the centurion in Matthew 8:8, used to his will being done, no matter how far. Or so I thought, until I was told he was actually worse than General Patton, of the allied forces in Europe. He actually practiced this landing three times and photographed the scene many times over, until it looked right for the newspapers. The two of them were famous for not letting anything go to print before it was personally edited.

I still build castles in the air, but listen to experienced personal accounts too. One thing is for sure, he was a great man regardless.


Gen. MacArthur at West Point

MacArthur at West Point

70Cm X 90Cm. Oil On Primed Board. Phillip Carrero.


Retired military brass and friend, Nick.
MacArthur is one of his role models and he went all the way to the Smithsonian at the US to get material for this paintings. Also from the ex US base at the Philippines, as many locals remember him.

This was one of a series of thirteen oils for his private collection. It was necessary to research cap and pipe mainly on this one.  Actually, it saved a lot of hours the fact that Nick knew already about colours and materials the uniforms were made of.
I never thought there were so many kinds of corn pipes made in those days… and not all pictures depict him smoking the same one every time.
This pipe was his favorite, though.