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Featured here is a colorful illustration I created as an everlasting tribute to Fred Rogers and one of Pittsburgh’s enduring treasures. Mr. Rogers as many know created Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood right here in my hometown of Pittsburgh which was launched from the WQED studios fifty years ago. The U.S. Postal Service released a forever stamp a few days ago honoring the television icon who would have turned ninety years-old. His legacy and the lessons he left us will continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of children in Pittsburgh and around the world for generations to come. Bring a piece of the neighborhood into your neighborhood and have a great day!

Today also marks a momentous anniversary as it was ten years ago that I launched Steel City Artist Illustrations which features many of my Pittsburgh-themed pen & ink illustrations and fine art paintings. I have been been very blessed with the artistic abilities given to me and humbled by the thousands of people who have brought my fine art into their homes and businesses over the past decade. I have met so many great people and have been fortunate to be involved with many memorable events through my artwork. I look forward to the next ten years and beyond and to continuing to share the history and wonder of our beautiful city with fellow Pittsburghers and the world.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are on the quest for their fifth Stanley Cup championship and their third in nearly a decade. The Penguins could soon join both the Pirates and Steelers with five championships, thus cementing their legacy among the many great teams in the City of Champions. The Penguins are led by their all-star captain, Sidney Crosby who is having a phenomenal year and winning another Stanley Cup trophy would be the icing on the cake. The Penguins have seemed to find a way to win all season with contributions from all of their players and the talents of their two goalies. There is nothing better than Penguins playoff hockey and the energy it brings to the city and the fans. We have been fortunate to witness so many great memories and players.

Featured below are two illustrations I recently created with a Penguins theme which make great gifts for any Pens fans. The first illustration depicts Pittsburgh’s magnificent “Golden Triangle” skyline emblazoned in gold color with the team in the foreground. The second illustration commemorates the Penguins 50th anniversary with the Pittsburgh skyline as seen from the North Shore with the sister bridges on the Allegheny River. The two prints can be purchased at the link below in my sports art fine art gallery.

Let’s Go Pens!

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Sports Art

City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Penguins Mural

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City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Penguins 50th Anniversary

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Featured here is an illustration I created honoring Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Kevin Greene who along with former Steeler, Tony Dungy were inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend. Kevin Greene is a former NFL linebacker who played for fifteen seasons. He is a 3x All-Pro and ranks third among all-time sack leaders. Greene spent three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and like the “Steel Curtain” a generation before, he helped form the fearsome “Blitzburgh” defense with Greg Lloyd, Carnell Lake, Chad Brown, Levon Kirkland and Rod Woodson. During his short time with the team, the Steelers played in two AFC Championship games and returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in sixteen years. Greene was voted to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. Feel free to click the links below to my Steelers Art and main Steel City Artist fine art website.

Steelers Art

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I share this photograph from photographer, Robert F. Sargent onto my Facebook page every Memorial Day, but it is such a powerful image and it pretty much says it all. Imagine being an 18-20 yr.-old kid with your whole life ahead of you and heading into what must have seemed like hell on Earth. We have all seen “Saving Private Ryan” and these were the first soldiers to land on Omaha Beach in Normandy during WWII. They had to run across a beach the length of three football fields with thickets of barbed wire, 5,000 defensive obstacles and 20,000 land mines while dodging well fortified German positions. The Germans had five MG-42 gun turrets on Omaha Beach which fired 25 bullets a second, that is 125 bullets every second zig-zagging down on the beach, let alone all of the other artillery, grenades and gunfire. I don’t know how they did it, but they did and their courageous heroism changed the world as we know it. So much respect for these young men and what they had to endure. May they all rest in peace and know they will never be forgotten.

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I donated my Andrew McCutchen painting for the upcoming Art Rooney Awards Dinner & Auction on April 4th which will benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh. The painting is called “Cutch’s Walk-Off Home Run” and commemorates McCutchen’s dramatic game-winning walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 11, 2015 and which I was fortunate to attend. The home run will be remembered as one of the greatest home runs in Pirates baseball history and at PNC Park.

The CYA was founded by the Rooney Family and will honor Pittsburgh Pirates MLB star center fielder, Andrew McCutchen at their annual charity event. The painting will be on display at the Westin Hotel where it will be auctioned off to benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh which offer services to children and seniors throughout Pittsburgh. The painting will be professionally framed and matted by Carol Whitehead who is the owner of Carol Whitehead Custom Framing located in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania.

Carol Whitehead Custom Framing

Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh

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Featured here is an illustration I created honoring the eight Pittsburgh Steelers who were selected to the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team. The honorees were chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in honor of Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team consists of the best overall players by each position and their individual career performances in the Super Bowl. Eight Pittsburgh Steelers legends including head coach, Chuck Noll were selected for this distinguished honor which was the most of any team. The seven Steelers players chosen who are all members of the NFL Hall of Fame include Mel Blount, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann and Mike Webster.

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Featured here is a personalized tribute illustration I created a few months ago in honor of Lt. Eric Eslary who was a police officer who was lost in the line of duty on May 5, 2015. Every once in awhile, I get commissioned by police departments across the country to create these artistic memorials as an everlasting tribute for fellow police officers. This illustration was done only as a memorial tribute and presented to his family.

Lieutenant Eric Eslary lost his life in the line of duty in a vehicle collision when his SUV patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a van driving the wrong way on the divided highway. His canine partner suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery at an emergency animal hospital. The two occupants of the van were critically injured.

Lieutenant Eslary had served with the Ligonier Township Police Department for seventeen years. He is survived by his wife and six children. Prayers and thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow officers.

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