The soft color catalog is printed in full color on coated paper.  At its current 116 pages it shows full page each painting in the series with the painting’s medium, size and ownership on the left hand facing page.  The introduction to the catalog was written by Gary LaGrange, President, THE PORT of NEW ORLEANS, with additional articles by Sean Visintainer, Curator (past) of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterway Collection and Julie Dunn-Morton, Curator of Fine Art, St. Louis Mercantile Library & Art Museum.  My narrative of my time on the water all over the United States threads its way among the paintings.  The catalog is available for $65.  It can be purchased by check or credit card by contacting the artist at or 314-241-2339.  The full catalog can be viewed by clicking below.

Introduction to the Catalog

As the President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, I spend a lot of time touting the value of our nation’s waterways. The Port of New Orleans is located at the gateway to the 14,500-mile inland waterway system—an intricate network of transportation infrastructure stemming from the Mississippi River that connects 31 states to each other and to the world.

The Mississippi and its tributaries are vital to both the inbound movement of raw materials and manufactured products, as well as the outbound movement of goods produced in the U.S. bound for global markets.

The five ports along the Lower Mississippi River alone make up one of the world’s largest port complexes with 500 million tons of cargo moving annually— including 60 percent of the nation’s grain and 20 percent of the nation’s coal and petroleum products.

And more importantly, hundreds of thousands of men and women rely on the Mighty Mississippi for their livelihoods. The Port of New Orleans, for example, directly or indirectly creates 380,000 jobs in the U.S., producing $17 billion in earnings.

Indeed waterborne activity on the Mississippi and other rivers is an economic force that creates jobs and fuels global trade. And that is a message that we in the maritime industry strive to convey to the neighboring communities and to policy makers who decide where and when to fund vital transportation infrastructure.

So when we had the opportunity to support artist Daven Anderson in his mission to capture the diverse people, landscape and maritime activity on the inland waterway system, it was a no-brainer. We were more than happy to oblige when Daven approached us for a tour of our cargo facilities to get inspiration and subject matter for his exhibit, THE RIVERS: A Celebration of Life and Work on America’s Waterways.

As an urban realist, Daven paints what he sees in spectacular color and richness. And there is nothing more real or spectacular than the everyday work on the river— from the river pilots who navigate oceangoing vessels through the winding curves of the Lower Mississippi to the longshoremen who guide 20-ton steel coils from a
ship to the hole of a barge.

American author and humorist Mark Twain described the Mississippi River as“a wonderful book … not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.”

Through the endeavors of the people who work on our nation’s waterways and through Daven Anderson’s paintings, we are humbled to see what stories the river has to tell today and in the future.

Gary P. LaGrange