This series of paintings came about from a strong desire to incorporate human subjects in my work, combined with living in the railroading community of Livingston, Montana. Here we live daily with the presence of trains and the people, mostly men, who service them and the tracks they run on. The rail-roaders are excellent subjects to draw and paint, full of action and force. Equally as important was my desire to recognize the value of their labor, today and historically, to our state and country. These are the people who make the wheels turn.
This group of paintings comprised the traveling exhibition, Sweat & Steel.