Important buildings and famous scenes are lovely, but they don’t stir nearly as much emotion as seeing a painting of your favorite corner bodega or the old dry cleaner you used to go to. The bigger our world gets, the more the seemingly ordinary and close-to-home become more meaningful.
In creating streetscapes, a touch of whimsy is important to me. Thank goodness I can’t draw a straight line! I also like choosing subjects that are a bit run-down, like the wig shop shown below. You’d never know that was a decrepit block of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sometimes I use watercolors in a very painterly way, other times just to color. I take inspiration from a variety of art: Impressionism, anime, graffiti, cartoons and New Yorker magazine covers. In fact, it’s my dream to land a New Yorker cover one day.
Streetscapes in Washington, DC
Streetscapes in Philadelphia
Elsewhere Around the World
A few florals