After my first year at University of Virginia Law, I needed money. I lived in a house in the Charlottesville countryside with four guys, including me. One was from New Orleans, and as a learned, the truly unassuming lad came from good stock. His Uncle owned the Canal Barge Lines. The only non-union barge lines on the River. He got me a job.
During the slow crawl from Galveston to Chicago and back, I had plenty of time to sketch and dream about how the River was. I always envisioned a trilogy of work, but only two images have come from those days. The first is Deckhand. His job is to ratchet cables between barges without getting himself killed when a cable breaks. Notice the rivets on the deck of the tugboat. The second of the three is Cook. The third unfinished piece is Steersman, of which I have developed a model or maquette.
Bronze with wooden base. 18” x 12” x 9”.