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Andy Dolph
Rochester, NH

About the Artist

When Andy looks at a locomotive, he knows it's a machine, but feels that in many ways a steam locomotive is as much alive as a person or animal – they breathe, they have personality and moods (just ask any steam engineer). He says, "For me they have a magic I find hard to describe, I just don't have words for how I feel around them. It's that magic, that experience that my work is about."

This is not a new thing for Andy. As a three year old, visiting his grandmother in Belmont, Mass. he would hear the horn of a locomotive and go running to the kitchen asking to be lifted up to stand i…

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About the Artist

When Andy looks at a locomotive, he knows it’s a machine, but feels that in many ways a steam locomotive is as much alive as a person or animal – they breathe, they have personality and moods (just ask any steam engineer). He says, "For me they have a magic I find hard to describe, I just don’t have words for how I feel around them. It’s that magic, that experience that my work is about."

This is not a new thing for Andy. As a three year old, visiting his grandmother in Belmont, Mass. he would hear the horn of a locomotive and go running to the kitchen asking to be lifted up to stand in the sink so he could see out the one window that faced the tracks. Today, he’s still likely to go chasing the sound of the horn, or the steam whistle.

In retrospect it’s natural that he would make fine art images of railroads, trains and related subjects, though it took me a while before he put the pieces together.

As an artist, he happily embraces whatever tools are available for the creation of evocative images. For Andy, standing with the camera and "taking a picture" is really just the first step in making an image. While some of his work is more or less straight from the camera, a much larger group has been processed, manipulated and shaped into something that goes far beyond the original. He sees the original file from the camera as raw material for creatin art.

A "finished" piece exists as a digital file only, until it’s truly finished by being photographically printed, infused into a sheet of aluminum or printed as a fine art giclée on watercolor paper.

Artist’s Work

4th iron in fall
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4th Iron in Fall

By Andy Dolph

Motoring into the past 2
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Motoring into the Past #2

By Andy Dolph

Steaming across moat brook trestle
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Steaming Across Moat Brook Trestle

By Andy Dolph

Shoveling coal
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Shoveling Coal

By Andy Dolph

A blaze of color and steam
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A Blaze of Color and Steam

By Andy Dolph

Lineup at highwood
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Lineup at Highwood

By Andy Dolph

7470 under a stormy sky
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7470 Under a Stormy Sky

By Andy Dolph

Snowy iron
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Snowy Iron

By Andy Dolph

7470 at pudding pond
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7470 at Pudding Pond

By Andy Dolph

Steaming out of the 1930s
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Steaming out of the 1930's

By Andy Dolph

Mr conductor
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Mr. Conductor

By Andy Dolph

Full steam ahead
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Full Steam Ahead

By Andy Dolph

Steaming to life
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Steaming to Life

By Andy Dolph

Steaming out of a dream
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Steaming out of a Dream

By Andy Dolph

The 700 waits
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The 700 Waits

By Andy Dolph

Heavy metal
Andy dolph

Heavy Metal

By Andy Dolph

Rainy day roundhouse
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Rainy Day Roundhouse

By Andy Dolph

Planned into steam
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Planned into Steam

By Andy Dolph

Selected Exhibitions

  • University of New Hampshire Museum
    Durham, NH, 2013

Education

  • Ithaca College, Sound for Live Audiences
    Ithaca, NY,1999