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Off the Road:: An American Sketchbook

March 2, 2014 - Comment

In the summer of 1995, New York artist Elisha Cooper hit the road to capture America with his paint brush. Fifteen thousand miles and 136 sketches later, his cross-country odyssey resulted in Off the Road–a visual diary that captures the spirit of places as majestic as Yellowstone and as quaint as Alice, North Dakota. Beginning

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In the summer of 1995, New York artist Elisha Cooper hit the road to capture America with his paint brush.

Fifteen thousand miles and 136 sketches later, his cross-country odyssey resulted in Off the Road–a visual diary that captures the spirit of places as majestic as Yellowstone and as quaint as Alice, North Dakota.

Beginning with the Manhattan skyline, he heads north through the heart of New England, loops back down through the deep south, breezes past the arid Southwest, hits the California coast, and swings back through the Plains states on his way home to New York City. It’s a fifty-day whirlwind tour that includes stop-offs in Friendship, Maine; Intercourse, Pennsylvania; Moss Point, Mississippi; Enid, Oklahoma; Pilar, New Mexico; Hollywood Hills, California; Canby, Oregon; Moose Junction, Wyoming; Chicago, Illinois; and Muskegon, Michigan.

A lovely gift, with full-color art throughout, Off the Road is sure to delight readers with its whimsical yet perceptive look at America.

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