Romance of Steam

The Inspiration:

Parrish at Peace

(including Flying Scotsman, Tornado, 6201, steam scenes, Four Seasons, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railways, Newnham On Severn and Railway Trains in Colour)

My interest in steam railways goes back to my childhood in the 1950s and 1960s.

One of my earliest memories of steam trains was listening to a sound recording voiced by Reginald Gardiner, entitled Trains, made in 1937.

He did impressions of the different sounds of steam trains you would hear on the rail network.

I first heard it on Uncle Mac’s ‘Hello Children Everywhere’ radio program in the 1950s, ending with the line ‘Well folks, that’s all:back to the Asylum’

Holidays on the welsh coast line and watching steam trains on the Cambrian coast railway in the mid 1960s was a magical time for me as a child and train enthusiast.

Around this time I received the Observers Book Of Railway Locomotives as a present. I avidly studied this book. I was fascinated to learn about all the different types and classes of British Locomotives on our Railways.

At school, a school friend took me to Saltley Engine Sheds in Birmingham during the 1960s where his father was an Engine Driver.

These scenes certainly made an impression on me. I felt that a steam locomotive is like a living thing. using the main earth elements to make it move ie. air, earth fire and water.

I also had a model railway, beginning with a Hornby Clockwork train set and later moving onto Hornby Dublo and Triang in 00 gauge during the 1960s.

Looking at model railway catalogues in the 1960s, I noticed the railway art of Terence Cuneo gracing the cover. This artist inspired me to create oil paintings of Railway scenes. I immediately found this medium suited my way of working with paint on the canvas.

I was accepted and joined the Guild Of Railway Artists in 1993 after a career in Civil Engineering from 1971.

I have exhibited with the Guild at various railway venues around the UK during the 1990s.

Coupled with this, I have been invited as a Railway Artist and have attended many steam preservation events at Platform 1, Loughborough Station, Great Central Railway, The Gloucester Warwickshire Railway in Gloucestershire and the Severn Valley Railway.

Also promoting my Railway Art at Model Railway Exhibitions in the Midlands including the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society exhibiting at Stoneleigh Exhibition Centre in Warwickshire at their annual events.

I definitely fell in love with steam from an early age and it is very fulfilling to realise the steam railway on the canvas.