Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistDavid Ralph Platinum Member CollectionCityscapes
Description The 'Harpers Ferry: Rivers, Railroads, Revolvers' abstract watercolor by David Ralph is composed of the most noticeable aspects of this old historic town which flourished before and during the Civil War. The most obvious of them being the outline of three large mountains bisected by two fast-flowing rivers that form the junction of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The mountains stand so tall and close that rock climbers and hawks around their peaks can be clearly seen from town. Blasts of dynamite through the largest mountain enabled a fledgling Baltimore & Ohio railroad to reach Harpers Ferry before the man-made canal did - which started years earlier - brought common goods and a few luxuries to the town. Dry goods establishments, clothing stores, fine brick homes, laborer's housing, and beer halls lined the main streets of the fast-growing town. Assembly-lines of gun manufacturers and flour mills once ran alongside both rivers to use the awesome power of the two waterways, the Shenandoah and the Potomac. Famed abolishionist John Brown and his gang once stormed into town from the mountain heights to lay siege to the city's large arsenal only to be caught and hanged soon after. Meriwether Lewis once stopped through Harpers Ferry to purchase frontier supplies and craft a sturdy boat for the hazardous voyage West as part of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803, and Thomas Jefferson once stood on a rock above the town and marveled at the beauty of the area.
David Ralph, Greenbelt, USA Member Since July 2006 Artist Statement *Originals can be purchased through my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/marcoimage.com).
David Ralph, owner of Marco Image & Concept, is a contemporary artist and illustrator who lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. David was born in 1964 in Red Bank, NJ and has been drawing since he was a toddler. His favorite topics to draw at the time were animals and sport figures. His first attempt at portraiture was as a 7-year old when he did a pencil drawing of baseball star, Roberto Clemente.
Today, David’s style of painting and illustration can best be described as geometric abstraction with influences ranging from the cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso to the primitive, cutout shapes of Henri Matisse. Other notable influences for David were Paul Cezanne’s fragmented landscapes and the geometrically-divided, flat-color canvases of Piet Mondrian.
To David, the simple elegance of the curve, the line, and the circle create the ideal two-dimensional plain of visual interest and appeal. And, to add color intensity, value contrast and balance to this space - along with repetition, texture and pattern - is to create a perfect harmony. It is to this goal that David sets down to sketch his next work of art.
David was once a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and has displayed his work at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD, Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD, the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, MD and at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.
The most common themes of David Ralph’s paintings and illustrations are the female figure, nature, music, people and sports.
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