In 1978 Jeff Dion began his painting career as a plain air painter of the natural setting and later concentrated his efforts with the industrial landscape. These landscapes where inspired by late 1800 and early 1900’s buildings, cranes and ship yards in the Philadelphia area along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Dion has combined his interest with the industrial setting and his love for painting and drawing the human figure. In 1998 he received a commission to paint a portrait of a historic foundry in North Philadelphia. After successfully completing this commission he began to use the interior of this foundry as a setting for figure paintings and as a metaphor for the places people live, work, play and die.
“I love the contrast of the soft human form juxtaposed with the steel, brick, rust and old large machines found within the chiaroscuro of this foundry’s three story tall windows. This kind of setting provides me with vast inspiration.”