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winning

While I played my share of sports in my youth, I admit I was never quite the athlete my father was growing up. I created this illustration as a reflection of my father & I and a tribute to fathers and sons in sports. It’s the early lessons & teachings in sports that stick with us that can be applied throughout our growing lives. That message is ‘winning isn’t everything’, be the best you can be & give it your all, that’s all anyone can ask of you. This illustration has really struck a chord with people since I posted it earlier today and I have already received several orders.

Click the link below to the Sports Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print which makes a great Father’s Day gift or as an inspirational painting to proudly display in your son’s bedroom.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Sports Art

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pittsburghrescue

New illustration to recognize those Pittsburghers involved in medical emergency services & healthcare. Pittsburgh has earned a reputation worldwide for its medical schools and advancements in medicine. The city and region has one of the best hospital systems in the country and worldwide.

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steelworkerdad

New illustration I created called ‘Welcome Home Daddy!’. It is a scene which I am sure was played out every day at one time in many households across western Pennsylvania for several generations of Pittsburgh’s steelworkers & laborers. The illustration portrays a young father laboring away at the steel mill, whether it was American Bridge Co, Armco, J & L, US Steel or wherever it may have been. In the end, all that was swept aside and there was nothing more he looked forward at the end of the day then coming into the loving arms of his kids and his family.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print honoring Pittsburgh’s steelworkers and the “City of Steel”.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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titanic

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of the Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. The Titanic was one of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line and built by the Harland & Wolff shipyard based out of Belfast, Ireland. The wreck of the Titanic remains on the seabed gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet. Since the ship’s rediscovery in 1985 by Robert Ballard, thousands of artifacts have been recovered and put on display in museums worldwide. The Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history. Her memory has been kept alive through numerous books, films, exhibits and memorials.

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Here is a cool interactive multi-media photo gallery featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday. The gallery features a collection of photographs of Pittsburgh from the past and how it appears today. To view the photographs grab and drag the green handle on the image and slide left or right. The collection of photographs can be viewed at the link provided below.

Pittsburgh Then & Now

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vietnamwall2-fattore

Here is a new painting I created for a fan of my artwork for her husband’s birthday later this month. Sgt. Fred Fattore was a soldier with the Black Scarves battalion of the famous “Big Red One” during the Vietnam War. I was told that he and his brothers-in-arms will be getting together for their battalion’s reunion, so it will give his comrades the opportunity to view the painting as well. On 30 April 1966 in a sweep through the village of Lo Go, the 1st Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting and it was during this time that a large quantity of black cloth was captured. This cloth was used by the Viet Cong to make their “Black Pajama” uniforms. At the direction of battalion commander, LTC Richard Prillaman, this cloth was made into scarves to be worn by the battalion’s soldiers. LTC Prillaman wanted to be able to distinguish his battalion from other division soldiers and to provide the soldiers with something more appropriate than the towels the men were wearing around their necks. It is from this that the battalion has as its nickname “Black Scarves”. The printing on the scarves was a different color for each company: HHC, yellow, Company A, red, Company B, white, Company C, blue and Company D, green.

Click the link below to the Personalized Art section of my fine art website to view the collection of commissioned illustrations and paintings I have created.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Personalized Art

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clouds glowing pink illuminated by the setting sun

Since discovering the digital art this past Fall, it has been a godsend as far as the requests for personal commissions from people across the country who are discovering my artwork each day. Aside from the creation of the artwork which I am producing, I have been receiving interest from art licensing companies who want to use the digital art I have created to feature onto their products. There are so many opportunities for artists to expand their name and brand for manufacturers of home decor products for everything from art prints, calendars, dinnerware, greeting cards, outdoor flags, puzzles and anything else that you can imagine. This year, I will be developing a new portfolio of digital paintings to be used exclusively for art licensing which will crossover with the limited edition digital art on my Steel City Artist design website. Hopefully, the new digital art will continue to intrigue the art and marketing directors of these art licensing companies.

Steel City Artist Illustrations

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