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A long time ago on my first day of skiing a Tucker Sno-Cat (much like the one I own now) pulled me up the ski hill.  I was drawn to that machine on the spot!  I developed an interest in what I call "engineering art" when I worked in nuclear power plants.  Some of the components, with their exotic metals, were super artistic!  I have always liked tractors.  Snowcats are engineering art.  They are fun to paint.  So I have done a number of them.  It may be a substitute for wanting to own one of each brand snowcat!

Adirondack Snowcat and Vintage Tractor began some years ago as a joke for a reality TV nut pal of mine.  My idea was that Adirondack Snowcat and Vintage Tractor would be the name of a shop (his) in the reality TV show of the same name.  As I joked more and more about it, and created script ideas about the concept, I grabbed the website name.  It was all the continuation of the original goofy joke.

That winter, after buying a Tucker Sno-Cat, I went to Utah to save my newly diabetic life.  While I was a ski bum at Alta I kept seeing (mostly on the Summer Road) lots of interesting vintage snowcats.  As the winter wore on, and I needed something additional to do, I turned to an old flame art.  I found a great oil painting teacher and decided that creating a dozen or so snowcat paintings would be a worthy goal.  (I really needed one!)

Now a few years later I've painted dozens of snowcats.  I don't know if I will ever paint another--but I wouldn't be surprised.  I have some ideas and who knows maybe some day?

(Ironically, I've still have yet to drive my Tucker Sno-Cat in the snow.  Next winter for sure!)


Sometimes I wonder why everyone doesn't want an identical collection of snowcat paintings!!!  Full size they are amazing!  Some 20x larger than shown here.  Commissions welcome.  wbz111@gmail.com  Warren  :-)






The Snowcat Painting Story Video





Colors are probably the most accurate in the top photo but the texture is terrible.  You can see texture problems in many of the site's snowcat painting photos.  The surface of an oil painting has a glossy texture from the gloss of the oil paint and the uneven surface of the brushstrokes/paint thickness.  (Brushstrokes go in many directions and grab/reflect light differently.)  Light for the camera glares off the glossy texture of the painting--and makes the photos look unsatisfactory.  I'm told you need two filtered light sources at opposing forty-five degree angles from the painting.  The camera also needs a filter of some sort.  Then high quality photo processing software comes in.  Even with everything mentioned above there is still the camera's issue of trying to get the light correct for a sky much brighter than the ground (a general issue with cameras).  So please forgive photo quality. (Ironically, I have modified this painting again since these photos!)


Much better look at the Tucker Painting!  (22 sec.)

Here's another (BETTER) video of the modified cat painting.  You can see how the camera changes color/brightness.

It's a form of torture to try to get everything correctly!  Maybe impossible without a proper studio.

Questions or comments?  Got a snowcat photo you would like painted?  E-mail wbz111@gmail.com


Video of my Corvette Paintings (2 minutes long - well worth the time!!!)

Link for local Adirondack classic trains!