Matt Fenton is a civil engineer who retired early because “my engineering work interfered with my painting time.” His interest in painting and his love of trains began in the late 1960’s, his teen years. His art draws on experiences from his traveling and managing rail transit projects. Having studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and more recently at the Art Students League in New York City, he finds inspiration in the down to earth world of railroads. “Creating art is a spiritual experience to me”, says Matt, especially when he combines his love of art with his passion for railroading.
Fittingly, “Smoke and Steam” portrays the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad’s locomotive No. 40. That excursion operation sits adjacent to New Hope Arts, site of the Society’s annual exhibit – September 18 through 27. Watch this site for details.
While you’re there, you might want to take in nearby Philadelphia’s widespread SEPTA light rail network, its Kawasaki Subway-Surface vehicle shown on Route 36, Elmwood Avenue in “Philly Street Scene”.