Stephen Shoemaker (Paperback)

The Paintings and Their Stories

By Stephen Shoemaker, Janet Pittard

McFarland & Company, 9780786474677, 127pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2013

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North Carolina artist Stephen Shoemaker and writer Janet Pittard have teamed up to present a selection of Shoemaker's paintings and drawings and the stories behind them. Known for his dramatic railroad paintings and scenes of life in the Blue Ridge mountains, Shoemaker shares the thought processes involved in creating his artwork, reveals his sources of inspiration (which often include events in local history or personal experiences) and points out clues and symbols appearing in his art. Together with 48 images, several of which were created especially for this publication, and occasional short poems by Pittard, the lively storytelling sheds light on an artist's development as well as the unique culture and history of the mountain region served by the train called the Virginia Creeper, which ran from Abingdon, Virginia, to Elkland, North Carolina (now Todd), from the early 1900s through the mid-1970s.

About the Author

Stephen Shoemaker is an artist from West Jefferson, North Carolina, and a co-owner and designer for the Appalachian Mint, LLC. His studio is in downtown West Jefferson. Janet Pittard is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Our State and Signature magazines and who has written for UNC-TV's Our State program. She lives in Raleigh and West Jefferson.