Someone once asked me why I enjoy painting pictures of covered bridges. I had to stop and think about it for a bit. I guess it all started for me when the Columbia County Planning Commission located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania asked me if I would be interested in creating 28 pen & ink drawings of the covered bridges still standing in the county. The idea was to create 28 drawings that would be printed and offered to the public in a nice folder with historical information about the bridges. This would be available for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration.
I guess that started it for me. I recall enjoying the drive to each bridge, taking photos of them, doing some sketching and finding out about each one. The art was to be done in pen and ink. The person in charge liked the way that medium looked and thought it would add to the charm of the subject matter.
That was the beginning of what would turn out to be one of the biggest celebrations in the area. Each September the Covered Bridge Festival kicks off a huge fall celebration centering around the covered bridges of Columbia County. Located near Elysburg in Knobels Park, there are 100’s of vendors and tons of fall activities for everyone to enjoy.
Since then I have continued painting covered bridges. I enjoy the history and charm each one represents that is a part of American culture and heritage. They are wonderful specimens of craftsmanship that point to a simpler time.
There are organizations that are dedicated to the preservation of covered bridges like the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges that consider these structures a national treasure.
View my collection of covered bridge paintings.