In this artist statement, I talk about how my love for the rivers started back when I was a boy and my father would take me with him to the Pittsburgh wharfs during his truck deliveries. I came across some old photos depicting that time period. In this first one, if you look closely, you'll see the river and some working boats in the back. I also find the old trucks pretty interesting.
Two weeks ago Sunday, it was a beautiful day in Pittsburgh. The grand kids asked me to join them on an outing down to Point State Park. I hadn't been down there in years, and was truly amazed at all of the great things going on in the City of Pittsburgh. JosePH and I found some time to sketch, and here is what I came up with. Uncle Tim loves this one, so it might make it's way onto canvas.
I had a nice time in Florida visiting friends and working with some very talented artists while there. Now that I'm back into my routine here, I'm working at adding to my inventory of river and working boat themes. I call this "The Excursion", based on the excursion steamboat The Homer Smith that plied the Ohio during the first half of the last century.
As a young boy, I remember my father taking me to watch steamboat races in downtown Pittsburgh. What I saw, reflected below in "The Steamboat Race", was the last of an era with competing work boats either retired or soon to be out of service. They were exciting to watch as they raced up the Monongahela belching smoke.
I received a nice boost last week when Carol Lois Haywood posted some of my river boat art on her Boat Art Blog. We share the interest of working boats from our respective regions of the country. Carol is a prolific painter, sharing her transparent watercolor, with good use of color and control. Her boats are nicely drawn with a solid design and her work is very consistent. Her readers chose "Low Country" as a favorite out of three of my working boat series.