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".)
This subject of this intuitive piece started as a split in the earth caused by an earthquake but morphed into the side of an eroding mountain.
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.
Spanish tile roofs and ubiquitous palm trees run to the horizon where they meet a clear blue L.A. sky.
A simple stack of hand towels, rendered in blue and white.