Trains made their way into art history with Impressionism and the Industrial Revolution. Edouard Manet and Gustave Caillebotte, among others, made several paintings of trains that became the primary influence of Geare’s “Train Series.” Other influences include Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Trains invoke a certain nostalgia of American history, which Geare is fond of. Color fields, drips and paint splashes activate what will become the background of the composition and a starting point to layer a more structured foreground. The trains, being much more geometric than the cows or barns, make for a dynamic contrast between the two painting styles.