Railroads, Art, and American Life
An Artist's Memoir
Once a common part of the American landscape, trains are increasingly fading from public view. Though photographs can accurately convey the details of "what, where, and when," sometimes paintings can better convey the deeper truths of an era.
Collecting more than thirty years of paintings and renderings, Railroads, Art, and American Life tells the story of rail transportation in America through the life and works of artist J. Craig Thorpe. Commissioned by companies such as Amtrak and General Electric, Thorpe's work can be found featured on items ranging from catalogs to calendars, postcards to posters. His artwork depicts not only the golden age of train travel but considers the present and looks forward to a potential future.
Featuring more than 130 color illustrations and combining history, biography, ethics, and humor, Thorpe's personal story joins with his paintings to invite the reader to relive the heyday of American rail and better understand the role of railroads in our society today.
About the Author
"J. Craig Thorpe is a dear friend to the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) because he augmented the brand with artwork that communicated the railway's history, scenery and experience. His work was featured on more than a decade of the coveted annual wall calendars and an extensive retail product line. His numerous works showcasing the White Pass' events, rolling stock and facilities are testament to the depth of WP&YR relationship with Craig. I celebrate his friendship and artwork as a legacy memory of my years at the White Pass. I invite everyone to join Craig through this book as he shares highlights of this vision and passion for railroads through his experience and artwork."—Michael D. Brandt; former Sr. Vice President, White Pass & Yukon Route
|Indiana University Press|
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