Renewal  |  16x20 | $1,050
       
     
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High Line | 16 x 20 | $1,015
       
     
Valencia Midnight | 20x16 | $885
       
     
The Ace | 20x16 | SOLD
       
     
Eight Eighteen | 16x12 | $395
       
     
Deserted | 16x20 | $670
       
     
Renewal's Child | 6x8 | $145
       
     
St. Barth's | 12x9 | $225
       
     
SoCal | 11x14 | $235
       
     
Telegraph Hill | 10x20 | SOLD
       
     
Transamerica | 20x10 | $415
       
     
Partners | 20x16 | $700
       
     
Renewal  |  16x20 | $1,050
       
     
Renewal | 16x20 | $1,050

Inspired by the black-and-white images of deteriorating 19th century tenement housing in a documentary on urban history, I added sparse areas of color to make a street scene come to life.  To reflect its gritty feeling, I laid on paint with a palette knife and scrubbed it with a dry sponge.

City.JPG
       
     
High Line | 16 x 20 | $1,015
       
     
High Line | 16 x 20 | $1,015

Walking the High Line shortly before sunset, I was drawn to the receding walkway flanked by native grasses and to the city's reflections in the glass facades of the high-rise buildings in this revitalized neighborhood.

Valencia Midnight | 20x16 | $885
       
     
Valencia Midnight | 20x16 | $885

Emerging from a restaurant late one evening, the empty sidewalk and Edward Hopper-like glow of the neon signs caught my attention.

The Ace | 20x16 | SOLD
       
     
The Ace | 20x16 | SOLD

On a visit to Portland, Oregon, I was inspired by the vintage sign at the Ace Hotel.

Eight Eighteen | 16x12 | $395
       
     
Eight Eighteen | 16x12 | $395

Leaving a restaurant in Embarcadero Center one evening, I looked up and was treated to a nighttime view of San Francisco's Ferry Building.

Deserted | 16x20 | $670
       
     
Deserted | 16x20 | $670

Dolores Park in San Francisco is always teeming with people, but here I imagined no one around to emphasize the green space and varieties of palm trees.

Renewal's Child | 6x8 | $145
       
     
Renewal's Child | 6x8 | $145

Inspired by the black-and-white images of deteriorating 19th century tenement housing in a documentary on urban history, I added sparse areas of color to make a street scene come to life.  To reflect its gritty feeling, I laid on paint with a palette knife and scrubbed it with a dry sponge.  (This is a miniature version of the larger piece, "Renewal".)

St. Barth's | 12x9 | $225
       
     
St. Barth's | 12x9 | $225

I took the photo on which this painting was based 20 years ago on a trip to the island of St. Barthelemy.  The stark white of sun-drenched buildings is dramatic against the deep blue Caribbean sky.

SoCal | 11x14 | $235
       
     
SoCal | 11x14 | $235

Spanish tile roofs and ubiquitous palm trees run to the horizon where they meet a clear blue L.A. sky.

Telegraph Hill | 10x20 | SOLD
       
     
Telegraph Hill | 10x20 | SOLD

This east-facing view of Telegraph Hill, in an impressionistic treatment, showcases Coit Tower with the Bay Bridge visible in the background.

Transamerica | 20x10 | $415
       
     
Transamerica | 20x10 | $415

On this day when the moon rose early, I loved seeing the Transamerica Building nestled next to it.

Partners | 20x16 | $700
       
     
Partners | 20x16 | $700

Near the road to the pool where I swim, two palm trees tower above an otherwise shrub-filled roadside landscape. They always catch my eye, and I knew that I would eventually paint them.

Then one evening last summer as I drove home, I was arrested by the trees silhouetted against a brilliant orange sky, and the street below was almost-dark.  Often employed by professional photographers, it was the so-called "magic hour," a brief period just before sunset when the sun sinks below the horizon and the sky is ablaze with warm color.