Reuven Grehan was already showing interest in both art and trains by age 3, covering any available large surface with elaborate drawings of trains, tracks, trestles and crossings. Yet, aside from a single drawing class he took at age 11, he wasn’t really interested in pursuing his art. He was far more interested in the railroading industry and the equipment involved. From the time he saw the first train pass by the car window, train books, train videos, model trains in many gauges, searching maps for rail lines, (operating or not), was the passion that occupied his school years.
Soon after graduation in 2010, Grehan stumbled upon the website of a train artist who worked exclusively in pencil. His first thought was “I bet I can do that!”, and at 19 years old, the spark suddenly ignited. Immediately, he rallied pencil, paper, a randomly selected reference photo, and produced his first work—a train sitting at Crawford Notch depot. Over the course of that summer, Grehan took on larger and more detailed projects. His fascination for trains drove his drawing to demand greater and greater detail. By 2012, He pushed to the next level, and began turning his hobby into a career, displaying and selling his artwork at special events at Clark’s Trading Post, as well as at model train shows around New England. In January 2013, Grehan began selling his work at the Eastern States Exposition (the “Big E”) in Springfield MA, just two tables down from the very artist who inspired him in the first place.
Grehan’s life took another dramatic turn in 2013 when he was hired by the Conway Scenic Railroad to work on the very train that was the subject of his first drawing. In just 14 months at CSRR, Grehan went from general laborer to trainman, to conductor, and, at just 22 years old, to driving the Valley train solo; all the while gaining experience as a locomotive mechanic in the roundhouse. He worked on the trains themselves, rather than duplicating them on paper.
Despite his total immersion in his railroading career, Grehan has continued with his artwork. He has just completed a series of 16 drawings, commissioned by an author to illustrate his upcoming book about the Hoosac Tunnel.
For more information regarding Grehan and his artwork, he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through his Facebook page at: Facebook.com/reuvensartwork.
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