The sun moves, shadows change; there is only a short period of time that an artist has to capture the shifts of light and color when painting outdoors - but it is this very desire to distill the energy and freshness of nature that drives the plein air painter. Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters was formed to bring together artists who share this passion.
Painting the last hurrah of winter, before the ice and snow on the mighty Susquehanna is all melted. Julie Riker and myself painted at Fort Hunter Park north of Harrisburg. Here I am painting the Rockville Bridge. Rockville Bridge at the time of its completion in 1902, was, and remains, the longest stone masonry arch railroad viaduct in the world.