Harlan Hiney traces his love of steam engines to the fact that, growing up, he helped his father build miniature live steam locomotives, and that he frequently rode steam trains of the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads in Southern California. These experiences provided the technical knowledge that enables him to infuse his work with realism. Self taught, he employs oil, acrylic, pen and ink, graphite and colored pencils, producing implied details in a style he describes as “Realistic Impressionism.” An avid model builder, Hiney also specializes in scratch building models in On30-scale. His studio, where he works full time, was built into the family home over 50 years ago by his father. While he produces works on a variety of subjects, his train paintings are especially sought-after by rail fans and collectors worldwide.