Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Valentine to my hometown

The ever-changing face of the city

"Old and New Reflections"
Oil on canvas
30 x 36 inches

Today I share with you a painting that epitomizes this city for me - the old and new - side by side. When I did this painting, the older Madison Avenue building in the foreground was soon to be overshadowed by a new, large, office tower under construction, and it has since been completed. Wherever one looks these days, older structures are either falling down or being torn down to make way for the new glass and steel architecture of today and it seems that construction sites abound on every other block. I'm constantly walking under scaffolding or making a detour around some kind of construction site. That's what this town is all about - constantly changing and reinventing it's look. I rejoice in the energy and spirit of my beloved city and yet I hope, amidst all the "new", we can still treasure, appreciate and most importantly preserve some of the "old".

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