My dad first started drawing and painting his steam artwork at Tanfield Railway, the world's oldest railway, located only a mile from our family home. The work from Tanfield depicts the day to day life of the railway in the sheds and sidings, rather than focusing on particular locomotives.
Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, the legendary "graveyard of steam", gave birth to the preservation movement in the UK. My dad visited Barry on many occasions, gathering reference material and sketches for The Barry Collection of over 100 paintings and drawings.
Although not a major part of his collection, my dad did occasionally produce paintings of locomotives in their day-to-day working environment. He often used photographs he had taken during trainspotting trips in the 1950's and 60's, re-imagining the black and white images into full colour paintings.
The Locomotives in Profile collection depicts engines from a side profile view, many of which my dad had already painted prior to restoration at Barry. Painted on extremely large canvases typically in excess of 6 feet wide, the detail and technical precision of these paintings is unrivalled.