Coal Mine Series 2018

 

In this series, I have focused on the plight of the children of the coal mines

in and around the Pennsylvania Mountains and Coal Fields where my grandfather worked.


These images were taken before the Child Labor Laws and upon research I discovered children as young as eight years old worked in the mines, especially the “breaker houses”, where t hey sat as long as 10 hours a day breaking the coal by hand. I hope in some way I have given these forgotten boys their voice.

These images are created by experimenting with mixed media, combining

my painting and digital skills with glass, metal, cold wax, oil and film. Please double-Click on the large image and scroll left for the back story and

other information.

Fear Not the Rats_#3_MixedMedia_15x12_20
Three Boys. Three Stories15x30
Breaking Out _Mar2018
Canary OUT of the Coal MineMar2018
Mine Close-up
Nicholas and the BreakerBoys_Mixed Media
Boys from the Breaker House
Generations I
Generations II
Ghosts inside the Breaker House
Waiting for the Next Shift
Silent Voices
Ghosts in the Mine
Trapped
Two Trapped Boys
Breaking out of the Box
Centrailia_Mixed Media
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Fear Not the Rats_#3_MixedMedia_15x12_20

Metal Rat Images and Acrylic Paint in a hinged Wood Box. $600