Max Jacquiard is arguably the best railway artist Canada has ever produced. Most certainly, his paintings rival those created by such renowned predecessors as Griff Teller, Otto Kuhler and the legendary Howard Fogg. Scorned by his art teachers for having an obsession with detail rather than using the broad, sweeping brush strokes they asserted were necessary to transmit the "feelings" of a legitimate artist, Max quit art school and went on to develop his own distinct artistic style and focus.In his youth, steam locomotives fascinated him, so instead of the flowers and bowls of fruit of his art classes, Max painted trains and locomotives.
Today, paintings and prints of railway scenes created by Max grace thousands of homes and offices across Canada and the United States. Max has been inducted into the Railway Association of Canada's Hall of Fame, an honour normally reserved for those working in the railway industry. But with images that he has created hanging in the executive boardrooms of railways across the continent, the title "railroader" is one to which Max has legitimate claim.
Text and ephemera from his private collection has been provided by Barrie Sanford, well known railway historian and bestselling author of McCulloch's Wonder and Steel Rails & Iron Men - both captivating histories of British Columbia's Kettle Valley Railway.