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Tucker Smith - The Great Northern -  ANNIVERSARY MUSEUMEDTION CANV Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          The Great Northern
by Tucker Smith

$1,950.00

ANNIVERSARY MUSEUMEDTION CANV
Limited Edition of: 20
Image Size: 90"w x 23"h.
Published: August 2014



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A remarkable work of art available in a series of uncommon fine art sizes up to nearly 8-feet wide!

Relieve the glory days of railroad travel with Tucker Smith’s grand panorama "The Great Northern." Streaming through scenic Glacier National Park in northwest Montana, this locomotive boldly crosses a narrow trestle high above historic Two Medicine River. This is how the Great Northern would have looked on a fine summer day in the late 1930s, the white-capped Rocky Mountains keeping their snow all year.

Nicknamed the “Empire Builder” after its founder James Hill, the Great Northern dominated the Northwest from the 30s through the 40s. Hill built the railroad without any government funds, supporting the endeavor by helping to develop Glacier National Park, which in turn promoted travel on the train. The Great Northern was eventually sold and incorporated into other lines to form Burlington Northern. Says Smith, “My grandfather was a conductor on the Great Northern and he quit driving the family car when he was in his fifties, he just figured the railroad could take him every place he wanted to go.”

Tucker Smith’s grand panorama of railroad travel’s glory days brings us to the eastern doorstep of Glacier National Park. The magnitude of Smith’s original landscape painting is present in these incomparable Museum and MasterWork™ Edition Canvases! Choose from 90", 72" or 60" wide! Tucker Smith’s "The Great Northern" is an extraordinary work of art for an extraordinary room.




Tucker Smith
“Painting is ninety percent work,” says Tucker Smith. “The rest is talent, but talent isn’t something you’re simply born with. Talent requires a great deal of perseverance.” Smith is well known for his painstaking approach to art. He does research, paints on location, and labors at his easel until he feels the work is exactly right. “I suppose I’m a perfectionist,” he says, and then adds with his customary modesty, “but it turns out all right in the end, I guess.” Smith was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. As he grew up there, he developed an interest in drawing, but he didn’t think it was possible to make a living as an artist. It wasn’t until he attended the University of Wyoming that he seriously started to consider a fine art career. Even so, he worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for ten years before making the courageous decision to become a full-time artist. Today Tucker Smith’s art is part of the permanent collections of such respected galleries as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and the American West Art Museum in Wyoming. Smith is a member of the National Academy of Western Art and is the recipient of many major art awards, including the prestigious Prix de West. Smith lives with his wife, Jean, on a small ranch in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. There they have raised two sons and many quarter horses. The boys are grown now and out on their own, and there are only a few riding horses left in the stable, but the Smiths still live a picturesque life that is well suited to Tucker’s reputation as one of the country’s finest artists of the West.

 

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