If you follow my work, you may notice that one place that shows up often in my work is the Casselman River Bridge. The river is a tributary of the Youghiogheny River. There is a lot of history surrounding the river and bridge.
The historic bridge was built in the early 1800s as part of the National Road and the area is now known formally as Casselman River Bridge State Park. This location is also known as Little Crossings. Located east of Grantsville near Spruce Forest Artisan Village, it’s a popular place with fly fisherman. Sightseers traveling along Route 40 often visit to take a look around.
Below are some of my renderings. Click on each image to view availability.
The subject matter in my Working Boats and Waterways collection of art ranges from commercial fishing vessels to boats that ferry supplies along the seaboard and inland waterways. I recently organized much of this work in a new gallery, which you can view here. Included here are a few examples that illustrate the scope of vessels I like to paint.
Someone else’s new and shiny object is another’s tried and true treasure. Our family has been enjoying the area for many years. As newlyweds, the Queen Bee and I skied at Bear Rocks and Laurel Mountain. We spent most summer weekends boating on Youghiogheny River Lake, or the “Yough” as we referred to it. Finally, we ended up recreating on Deep Creek Lake in nearby Garrett County, Maryland. Technically, I don’t think Garrett County is considered part of the Laurel Highlands, but they share many similarities.
If you’re out of the area, now you have a new destination for your bucket list.
The Laurel Highlands inspired many of my paintings. Pictured below is Aurelia, a historic home situated along the National Road in Addison, PA.
A Yough Afternoon reflects a wintry day on the Youghiougheny River.
Visit my Outdoor and Rural collections to see more Laurel Highlands inspiration.
In this artist statement, I explain how my love for waterways started back when I was a boy, and my father would take me with him to the Pittsburgh wharves during his truck deliveries. I came across some old photos depicting that period in time. In this first photo, if you look closely, you’ll see the river and some working boats in the back. I also find the old trucks pretty interesting.