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Working Boats and Waterways from Robert Yonke

I can’t remember when the rivers weren’t a consuming interest of mine. As a young boy, my father would take me with him as he would make truck deliveries to the wharf in Pittsburgh. I remember the enormous wakes generated by the sternwheelers and the blanketing smoke from the stacks of commercial towboats racing across a finish line marked by the Smithfield Street Bridge. I have images of the Homer Smith related to me in stories by my grandmother and mother. These experiences built a store of images that I have attempted to recreate in my work.

These paintings scope historic craft to modern diesel tows. The attempt is to capture the feeling of a particular scene rather than a historical illustration. I have had the good fortune to spend time on commercial tows on the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny, picking up barges and locking through dams. To this day, I can’t cross a bridge or drive along any inland waterway without scanning for boat traffic and, if possible, stop to record photographs. I intend to continue to paint the rivers and the transportation system built on them.


"Day Off"
  • "Day Off"
Watercolor on Paper
12 x 9 in

"Following Sea"
  • "Following Sea"
Painting
12 x 16 in
$600.00

4am Mon
  • 4am Mon
watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in

A Mississippi Sawyer
  • A Mississippi Sawyer
watercolor on paper

Anna S.
  • Anna S.
Watercolor On Paper
8.5 x 12.5 in
$400.00

At The Landing
  • At The Landing
Watercolor on Paper

Banks of the Ohio
  • Banks of the Ohio
watercolor on paper
19 x 15 in
$800.00

Cold River
  • Cold River
watercolor on paper
9 x 12 in
$350.00

First Move
  • First Move
watercolor on paper
14 x 19 in
$800.00

In for the Night
  • In for the Night
watercolor on paper
6 x 8 in
$200.00

Julia Belle Swain
  • Julia Belle Swain
watercolor on paper

Landed
  • Landed
watercolor on paper
10 x 13 in
$500.00

Last Run
  • Last Run
Watercolor On Paper
$800.00

Locking Up
  • Locking Up
Watercolor on paper
16 x 12 in
$500.00

Lowcountry
  • Lowcountry
Watercolor on Paper
15 x 19.5 in
$800.00

Lowcountry Shrimpers
  • Lowcountry Shrimpers
Watercolor on paper
12 x 16 in
$600.00

Margaret at Pittsburgh
  • Margaret at Pittsburgh
watercolor on paper

Morning in St. Mary's
  • Morning in St. Mary's
watercolor on paper
14 x 20 in
$800.00

Natchez
  • Natchez
watercolor on paper
11 x 16 in
Sold

Okeechobee
  • Okeechobee
Watercolor on paper
12 x 9 in

Okeechobee II
  • Okeechobee II
Watercolor on paper
12 x 9 in
$325.00

Queen of the Mon
  • Queen of the Mon
watercolor on paper
11 x 15 in
$500.00

Spotlight
  • Spotlight
watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in
$800.00

Steaming Up
  • Steaming Up
Watercolor
10.5 x 13.5 in
$600.00

Stern View
  • Stern View
Watercolor on Paper
13 x 20 in
$600.00

The Excursion
  • The Excursion
watercolor on paper
11 x 15 in
$500.00

The Steamboat Race
  • The Steamboat Race
watercolor on paper
15 x 20 in
$800.00

The Wash
  • The Wash
watercolor on paper
11 x 14 in
NFS

The Wes McDonald
  • The Wes McDonald
watercolor on paper
15 x 22 in
$800.00

Working Margaret
  • Working Margaret
watercolor on paper
13 x 19 in
$800.00
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