Friday, February 8, 2013

Tutwiler, David

Homeward Bound
oil on canvas
71.1 x 106.7 cm (28 x 42 in.)
location unknown

"Homeward Bound" is an American folk song written by Paul Simon, performed by Simon and Garfunkel, produced by Bob Johnston and recorded in 1965. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1966, peaking at #5. It remained on the charts for 12 weeks. Simon was living in Brentwood, and was said to have written the song at Widnes North railway station, a plaque is displayed on the wall of the Liverpool bound waiting room relating to this (12 miles from Liverpool) during a long wait for the next train, when he was traveling back from Widnes, where he had been playing.

"There's something about an old steam locomotive that appeals to everyone's sense of nostalgia and tradition, and I'm certainly no exception." (Tutwiler)

David Tutwiler (1952 - ) is renowned for his first-hand knowledge of trains and railroads, and is considered to be one of the leading exponents of railroad art in the United States today. His artistic technique, coupled with his eye for accuracy and attention to detail, result in the paintings that virtually sparkle with warmth and sensitivity.

His works have been shown in museums throughout the United States and his paintings are represented in numerous public, private, and corporate collections worldwide. He has painted for Disney and star wars. In addition to being one of America's foremost painters of steam era railroading, he has painted significant pieces depicting traditional American landscapes and sailing vessels.

Tutwiler is a winner of numerous awards, including a bronze medal from the National Park Academy for the Arts, the Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal Award, and the New York Guild of Boston Artists Award for Traditional Painting. His commission clients have included MBNA Bank, the Pepsi-Cola Company, National Geographic, the Hamilton Plate Collection and the National Railway Historical Society.

With his wife, fellow artist Line Tutwiler, he currently maintains a summer gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts, as well as a winter studio at their home on Lake Michigan shores in Northern Indiana.