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Featured Work:
THE CHALLENGER

Greenwich Workshop Anniversary Edition
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 75 s/n.
36"w x 18"h. $595





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"The Challenger" by Tucker Smith

THE CHALLENGER
by Tucker Smith

Those who love steam engines are no doubt familiar with the Challenger, the fastest freight locomotive of the Union Pacific fleet in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Challenger, based on the design for a successful freight engine, was the largest, heaviest and most powerful articulated passenger locomotive ever built. The powerful engine and 67-inch-diameter driving wheels enabled it to both negotiate the steep grades of the passes through the Rocky Mountains and achieve speeds necessary for express passenger service.

Artist Tucker Smith set the painting at the top of Sherman Hill between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, at an elevation of about 8000 feet. In the background are the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At the left of the painting, the yellow scheme the Union Pacific used for its passenger cars during the 1950s can be seen.

“I like to paint steam locomotives, in part, because I view myself as an animal painter,” says Tucker Smith. Continuing, he explains that paradox. “There’s something almost alive about a steam engine. It breathes steam and you can watch all the moving parts on the outside of the engine―even the steam pipes, valves and pumps. That’s what is magical to me about a steam engine. It seems to have a life all its own. As I was working on it,” Smith says, “I was thinking ‘speed’ and ‘movement.’ I wasn’t trying to think of it as a photograph. I was trying to put myself there. I was wondering how it would feel if you actually stood there as the train went by. That was more important to me than getting every detail. You can see every nut and bolt only when the locomotive is motionless, not when it’s racing by you.”



Sizing & Pricing:

Greenwich Workshop
Anniversary Edition
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 75 s/n.
36"w x 18"h. $595


 

"The Challenger" by Tucker Smith

 

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"Malamute" by Tucker Smith

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"Return of Summer" by Tucker Smith




About Tucker Smith

Well known as a nature and wildlife artist, Tucker Smith was born in 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1952 he and his family moved to Pinedale, Wyoming.

Tucker graduated from Pinedale High School in 1958 and received a B.S. degree from the University of Wyoming in 1963, with a major in mathematics and a minor in art.

After working eight years as a computer programmer and systems analyst for the State of Montana, he began painting full time in 1971.

Tucker and his wife, Jean, returned to live on the Hoback Rim, 30 miles north of Pinedale, Wyoming in 1993. Their home is at the foot of the Wind River Mountains from which he draws inspiration.


Tucker Smith on Art

I believe the purpose of art is to enhance people's lives through decoration, stimulation of intellect, association with personal experiences, and provocation of romantic or other conceptions. A legitimate means for artists to achieve these purposes is by depicting nature.

In today's high-tech and complicated world many people have little contact with the natural world. However, we are all inseparably linked to it. Art depicting wildlife and natureTucker Smith | "Young Ram" reminds us of the importance of it to our soul and psyche.

In painting nature, I try to be faithful to the actual while concentrating on the elements that attracted me to the scene. I try to avoid monotony in a composition.

Inspiration is one of the defining elements of art. All the technique in the world won't make an inspired work of fine art. An important component of inspiration is the desire to share. The subject matter I choose is what I am interested in and for which I have passion.

Some think that to be creative one must invent the new. However, to be obsessed with rebelling against the established can inhibit creative observation, just as thoughtlessly adhering to the established inhibits creativity.

Personally, art has broadened my interests and helped me to see the not-so-obvious. One of the greatest attributes of art is that one does not need to be a painter or sculptor to participate. One only needs to observe.

 

 




 

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