Patrick Michael Karnahan, Original Oil Painting on Canvas, Signed by Artist, 'Sonora Pass' California Spring Time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Painting is signed and dated front lower left and on the back stretcher bars. Titled, 'Sonora Pass' June 2 of 2007. Painting measures 16 inches tall and 20 inches wide. I see no scratches, restorations or water damage. The original wood frame has a few dents and scratches but still looks presentable. The frame measures about 21 inches tall and 25 inches wide.
Sonora Pass (el. 9,624 ft. / 2,933 m.) is the second-highest highway pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.
The first documented immigrant traverse of Sonora Pass appears to have been in the late summer of 1852 by a wagon train known as the Clark-Skidmore Company. Subsequently, merchant interests in the communities of Sonora and Columbia promoted the route to California-bound immigrants, not always with happy results when immigrants discovered how difficult it was. There are some references indicating the earliest immigrant crossing was in 1841 by the Bartleson-Bidwell Party, but the U.S. Forest Service indicates they crossed north of Sonora Pass in the Carson-Iceberg area.
With the discovery of deposits and development of silver and gold mining east of the Sierra Nevada in the beginning of the 1860s, merchant interests in the counties on both sides of the pass pushed for development of a road that would enable them to improve transportation and trade. Surveying for a road through Sonora Pass began in 1863 and the road was in use by 1865.
In the 1880(s) the California and Nevada Railroad and its predecessor, the California and Mount Diablo Railroad, proposed to run a narrow gauge railroad over Sonora Pass with a line running from Emeryville - Stockton and then connecting with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in Utah. The railroad never built track beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1943, the location scenes for the mountainous hideout of the Republican Spanish guerilla band in For Whom the Bell Tolls were filmed here. (Wikipedia)
Artist oil painter, Patrick Michael Karnahan, taught landscape painting in County Mayo Ireland from 1985-87.
The artist grew up in Hawthorne California. Patrick took an interest in art and music at the age of eight. He sold his first oil paintings in high school. In his twenties the artist decided to travel over to Ireland and explore his heritage.
While in Ireland Patrick enjoyed many hours of landscape & seascape painting. By chance, Patrick met a fellow American artist living in Westport Ireland. Patrick was offered a job teaching seniors the art of painting from life.
His fathers side, the Karnahans, came from County Antrim. In Ireland the last name is spelled Kernahan or Kernaghan. His mothers side came from Counties Limerick and Mayo, Gormley, Spaight, and O'Heney. Patrick's Great- Great.. Grandfather James Spaight was mayor of Limerick in the mid- 1850s.
To date Patrick has completed over 600 oil paintings. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States. In 2005 the artist had his work featured at the Smithsonian Museum and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Besides scenes of Ireland, Patrick is also considered a leading American Railroad Artist
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Patrick Michael Karnahan, Original Oil Painting on Canvas, Signed by Artist, 'Sonora Pass' California Spring Time in the Sierra Nevada Mountains