They have carved their own storied artistic paths in their chosen professional design careers and the two artists are continually working towards establishing themselves as two of the great artists of the 21st century in the Steel City. The artists and their fine art creations are regularly featured on our popular Facebook page Pittsburgh Pa-OneBurgh Their artwork has been shared with thousands upon thousands of Pittsburghers both across the country and around the world. The two are very humbled by all of the adoration and positive feedback which they receive from their fans. Many of their fans are former Pittsburghers stretched out across the country who get to relive the places which have special meaning to them through the detailed illustrations and captivating photographs. To show their appreciation and gratitude for all that the Founders of OneBurgh.com has done to promote their artwork the past few years, the two have decided to donate towards a cause which has special meaning to them. The two artists will be donating a percentage of the sale of their prints from Thursday, August 21st through Sunday, August 24th to the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh. For a short biography on each artist and a direct link to each of their fine art websites see below. You will be equally impressed with the artwork of these young men whose fine art illustrations and photographs are some of the finest you will find anywhere to adorn your Pittsburgh home or corporate office.
Charles Ott is a self-taught architectural illustrator and digital artist from Pittsburgh and the creator of Steel City Artist Illustrations & Digital Art. He specializes in creating intricately detailed hand-drawn pen & ink illustrations and paintings of prominent architectural landmarks and Pittsburgh scenes. His fine art focuses mainly on the history, landmarks, college old mains, steel mills, people and sports of the Steel City. Charles' fine art is proudly displayed in art galleries, businesses and thousands of homes across the country, including the White House.
Dave DiCello is a photographer born and raised in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, and his subjects range from the gorgeous skyline, the hundreds of bridges, historical buildings, as well as weddings and other portrait work. The passion that he has for the city shows through in his work, and his goal through his photography is to make you feel like you are experiencing the scene as if you were there with him, not just looking at a picture. From sunrise to sunset and late into the night, he is always looking for new ways to capture his incredible hometown.
Steel City Artist Illustrations & Digital Art - http://steelcityartist.com
Dave DiCello Photography - http://hdrexposed.zenfolio.com/portfolio
Pittsburgh-OneBurgh - http://www.oneburgh.com
Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center - http://www.animalrescue.org
For the past half-dozen years, Marika Torok has been living her own Walden’s Pond.
Like Walden author Henry David Thoreau’s return to simple living, Torok went back to nature on her Breeding Hill Road farm.
Natural springs criss-cross the farm’s 48 acres in the Vanderbilt rurals.
Established in the late 1800s, the working farm recently went on the market, offering buyers an opportunity to join Fayette County’s largest single industry, agriculture, and to be totally self-sustaining as well as lead a more simple life.
“There’s free gas from several wells on the property,“ Torok said. “So, there is not much in the way of utility costs.”
Springs supply water via gravity feed for the home and outbuildings, she said. “I had planned to go off the grid completely and become energy independent.”
She added, “You would be able to grow your own food and livestock feed and live off the land. I grew all the food for my livestock. It’s a really nice place and I saw many a rainbow and other natural phenomenon.
“You could basically do anything here with so much room, the possibilities are endless. You could have some sort of art workshop, grow crops, berry bushes or raise animals.”
Torok also enjoyed the closeness to nature. “It is very serene and quiet. I felt like I was away from the world. There is a one-lane road going past but it has very little traffic on it. It has nice views of the surrounding country. There are neighbors but they aren‘t nearby.”
A vegetarian, Torok gardened, raised bees and kept the farm as more of an animal sanctuary.
The main home, which dates to about 1900, has a living room, dining room, kitchen and den as well as four bedrooms. It has been added onto by previous owners through the decades to its current form.
Torok said the original home was a two-story, four-room dwelling with two rooms on each floor. One of its historic features are its refinished heartwood pine floors, “the kind of wide planks that you don‘t see anymore. In fact, all the wood used to build the house came from the property.”
It also has a stone foundation and root cellar. “There’s a front porch, side porch and back deck that overlooks the property,” she said.
The farm, Torok added, “is almost like a little village, there are enough outbuildings and barns, plenty of storage, to meet anyone’s needs.”
There is a four-bay pole barn, a two car garage with a coal furnace, a two-bay machine shed with a door on one bay for tractor or machinery storage; a single-wide trailer that has hookups for utilities; a large red barn she uses to store hay with livestock stalls in the ground level; another barn, “like a cow shed with a corn crib and another storage area“; and a large central chicken house with smaller coups surrounding it.
There also is a spring house that had once been inhabited, its cold water used to preserve milk, butter and other products, and “a cabin-like structure with heat and electric but no water. This could be a pottery studio or workshop. It has a loft and work benches,” she said.
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