This 8’x24’ mural commemorates the life and work of Albion native, Charles W. Howard.
Charles Howard is credited with creating the persona and image of Santa that we all know and love today.
Santa and his eight reindeer fly over historic landmarks of downtown Albion, NY.
It was quite an experience, painting so many details of my home town. I was thrilled to create this painting for Albion. Who wouldn’t love painting Santa and his reindeer!?
During this period, animal power and steam power were used side by side as the canal was enlarged to accommodate new technology.
This painting illustrates a moment in history as New York State transitioned from animal power to steam power, as the Barge Canal was expanded to accommodate larger barges and steam powered tug boats.