I am often asked why I paint trains.
While there are many reasons, I have narrowed it down to this:
To me, freight trains are like underdogs; Survivors, relentlessly pushing forward despite odds, conditions or circumstances. They are travelers, each bearing unique marks of time and resilience. Weathered surfaces, rust & graffiti… All evidence of accumulated experience. Collectively, these details reveal truthful & soulful stories that transform such ordinary objects into worldly & accomplished veterans. They become rich with history and an inherent beauty far beyond superficiality.
With more than 150 paintings of trains (and counting), I have learned that a commitment to a single subject not only heightens my creative vision, but has expanded my sense of purpose in a way that can only come with a long term relationship.
In the end, trains remind me that only the journey matters.