Present and Past – W&OD Trail Map Artwork
The Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail is a popular outdoor trail here in Northern Virginia that runs a length of 45 miles, from Purcellville in western Loudoun County to urban Arlington, VA, close to Washington, DC! It’s popular for outdoor exercise nowadays, from biking to running to walking. In the past, it was used as a railroad, from 1859 to 1968!
Description of Painting
This painting has a hand-drawn map at the top, done with ink and acrylic paint markers. In the middle are the words “W&OD Trail”, painted with acrylic paint. Below this are representations of both the current uses of the trail, as well as remnants of the historical past of the trail, when it used to be a railway. These representations include a sign that says “Serving Northern Virginia” painted onto the side of a passenger train, as well as railroad tracks below the walking, jogging and biking figures! It is painted on a hand-constructed organic cotton canvas made with 1.5″ heavy-duty FSC-wood stretcher bars and an all-natural limestone powder and marble dust gesso.