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Fred Rogers fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is a colorful painting 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 earlier this year 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.

Legendary Hollywood actor and filmmaker, Tom Hanks will begin shooting his upcoming feature film as Fred Rogers in Pittsburgh this Fall which is called “You Are My Friend”. The film will be released by Sony Pictures on October 18, 2019.

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.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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Isaly's fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is a new painting I created over the summer of another favorite storied landmark of Pittsburgh. For many generations of Pittsburghers few places evoked many wonderful and unforgettable memories quite like Isaly’s.

The people of Pittsburgh held Isaly’s in high regard and every neighborhood seemed to have one. The chain of family-owned dairies and restaurants started in Mansfield, Ohio and would eventually stretch from Pennsylvania to Iowa. Isaly’s was and still is known for its iconic BBQ chipped chopped ham which is sliced razor thin and is a favorite lunchtime meal. They were also known for creating the famous Klondike Bar ice cream treat and their towering Skyscraper Cones which were loved by children of all ages. The company employed a fun friendly atmosphere with its nostalgic high styled art deco interiors complete with comfortable sit-down booths, classic checkered green and white ceramic flooring and silver polished stools. For many of us who grew up in Pittsburgh, Isaly’s transported us to simpler and treasured times.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print which has come to be loved by Pittsburghers.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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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.

Click the link below to the Sports Art section of my fine art website to purchase either of these two prints which make great gifts for Penguins fans.

Let’s Go Pens!

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Sports Art

City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Penguins Mural

Pittsburgh Penguins fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Penguins 50th Anniversary

Pittsburgh Penguins 50th anniversary fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

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"Washington's Return To Pittsburgh" fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

In this painting and on this President’s Day, we look at one of the most prolific men in the history of our nation, George Washington. Before becoming our first president, George Washington spent much of his early military career here in southwestern Pennsylvania. I wanted to capture a scene of Washington on his horse of the place that bears his name overlooking the city he helped to shape and what it has become.

Washington’s first journey to western Pennsylvania was an expedition in the fall and winter of 1753-54 from Williamsburg, VA to Fort LeBoeuf (Erie). He faced the unknown of the wilderness and hostile fire on numerous occasions. One skirmish took place on the slopes of Chestnut Ridge in Fayette Co. There he clashed with French soldiers, providing the spark that ignited a worldwide “war for empire”. Locally it is known as the French & Indian War, but it ultimately involved France, Great Britain, Canada, Native American tribes, Spain, Germany, Prussia, Austria & India.

Washington recognized the strategic importance of building a fort at what is now Pittsburgh. The British created Fort Prince George in February, 1754 near the Point along the Monongahela River. No sooner had it been built when French forces arrived burning the British stockade and erecting Fort Duquesne. The French held Fort Duquesne until November, 1758 when a combined British and colonial force, including Colonel George Washington built Fort Pitt which became one of the most elaborate strongholds in North America.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Art section of my fine art website to purchase this colorful print for your Pittsburgh home honoring our city and country.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Pittsburgh Art

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pgh-watercolor

Over the past year, I have began teaching myself watercolor painting in the hopes of further expanding my artistic  portfolio and obtaining added interest in my assortment of fine art mediums. Watercolor painting is a very tedious form of art, but I am enjoying it thoroughly and it has gained a lot of interest from my fans who appreciate the minute detail in my works. The watercolor paintings are available for sale on my fine art website mainly as enlarged archival gallery laminated giclee canvas prints. Here is a watercolor painting I created featuring the majestic City of Pittsburgh and the famous “Golden Triangle”.

Click the link below to the Pittsburgh Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print of the City of Pittsburgh skyline and my most popular print.

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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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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

Steel City Artist Illustrations

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