The Shunting Yard
Oil on Canvas Board
Spring of 1999
Railroad Avenue, Opelika, Alabama
I used to have a studio on Railroad Avenue in Opelika, Alabama. It was an old store and it sat literally 25 inches from a railroad shunting yard. When the trains were being moved about, the whole studio building shook. The train whistles would invariably shout out as soon as I answered the phone.
Now all this may sound awful if you don't like trains, but I do like them and always have. I like to look at them, ride on them, and paint pictures of them.
For this painting, all I had to do was haul my painting equipment out my front door and about 20 yards down the tracks. Luckily for me while I was painting this landscape, no trains came to pick up the boxcars. It was relatively peaceful.