Santa Fe


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Texas Border Little Rock Inglewood

Santa Fe

Santa Fe This is the first of my Rolling Stock series, which I began around 1987. In the late 1970s, I photographed a lone boxcar in the train yard of a small border town in Texas. Although I had no intention of painting railroad subjects at that time, I felt that this herald (as logos are called in the railroad industry) was begging to be photographed. A decade later, Santa Fe became a pivotal painting for me. Its forward point of view and compressed space offer a contrast to the raking illusionism of the Facades series. More importantly, it presented me with the inspiration to paint a whole new realm of American iconography.

A year after this painting was completed, I collaborated with printer Karl Hecksher in his Brooklyn print studio to produce this twenty-five-color woodcut.




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