Original Work

All work is done in watercolor on Saunders Waterford Rough 140lb paper unless otherwise noted. Shipped in a tube with insurace.

Last Call | 22" x 15" (2022)

I had some reference photos of a bar in upstate New York sitting in a folder and I reluctantly began to paint them. I really did not want to paint that day, but sure glad I did. The goal was to create an airy scene at the end of a night of good drinks and conversation. The painting ended up taking on a life of its own and the original reference photo abandoned. I wonder who was sitting in the two empty seats, or what drink the bartender is crafting. 

Astor Place at 3PM | 22" x 16" (2022)

I took the train down to Astor Place to do some painting on an unusually warm day in November. It was surprisingly difficult to find a good spot to paint but once I did everything was smooth sailing. It was nice to paint “contra jour” or into the light. This view looks south. 

Pool Night | 14" x 8" (2022)

A night of Pool at a bar in upstate New York. I was visiting a friend upstate and found ourselves at a dive bar with an active pool room. I snapped some pictures to paint when I got home. This is the result. 

Queensboro at Dusk 22" x 15" (2022)

I finally got the chance to ride the Roosevelt Island Tram and snapped some pictures to paint later. The sun was just barely starting to go down. I loved how the sky was lit up but all the cars were in shadow from the buildings behind me. This is the first painting of the Queensboro Bridge I’ve done so far even though it’s my favorite out of the Manhattan bridges. I’d have brought my easel with me, but the tram car gets packed. 

Park Ave Tunnel 12" x 10" (2022)

I was on my way to the dentist and snapped a picture of the 110th street walking tunnel that goes underneath the MTA. It was a quiet and humble scene that I painted onto an old piece of scrap paper. The shadows on the right side of the fascade are imagined to create a better composition. I was aiming to create something simple – just a snapshot on my walk to the dentist. 

Times Square - 22" x 16" (2022)

I just barely beat a downpour for this painting. I took the train down to 42nd street and then walked the rest of the way into this tourist trap. Funny thing is, I was probably the least interesting thing there between the naked cowboys and spidermen. People left me alone for the most part. I did have a few people ask if I would take their picture, to which I responded, “Can you ask someone else?” All in all, it was a splendid day of painting and the only reason I will return to that god foresaken place. Hopefully some of that made it into the work!

Taino Towers - 30" x 22" (2022)

A view from the roof of my apartment in Harlem. I’ve painted the opposite view but never this one. It’s always been on my list and I figured go big or go home. This was done on a full sheet in the studio. I edited quite a bit out but kept what was important. When things are so far away a little brushwork goes a long way. Just a few spots of red and orange can simulate people and road signs. It always amazes me what you can do with so little. 

The French Riviera - 22" x 14" (2022)

A view from a friend’s BnB overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France. This is the view I saw when I first arrived. I wanted to focus on the aerial​ perspective, high noon lighting and turquoise awnings. I don’t think I saw a single cloud while I was there. It was always so incredibly bright out. 

Waiting for the Ferry - 22" x 14" (2022)

This is Pier 42 on the east side with a view of the Manhattan Bridge. A friend of mine came down to the city to do some plein air painting. The only problem was the thunderstorms forcasted that day. We walked about 2 miles around the city to find a suitable place to paint with an overhang. The wake from passing ships made it quite a challenge to get straight lines or any sort of precision. Still, I’m happy with how it came out. 

Cannes, France - 22" x 16" (2022)

I had the pleasure of being invited to a wedding in the south of France at the end of June. The festivities took up 3 of my 5 days there, so with the remaining time I took a cab to nearby Cannes to do a little painting. I managed to find a somewhat quiet corner and got to work. One of the perks about painting in a foreign country is being able to say “I don’t speak french” to any passerbys that want to talk. The French were pleasant folks, and the restaurant I was painting outside graciously offered me some water to facilitate my work. 10/10 experience. I’m already planning on going back.  

An Early Dinner in SoHo - 22" x 16" (2022)

I was out in SoHo to celebrate a friends birthday when I saw this restaurant buzzing in the early evening. I didn’t have my easel on me, so I snapped a picture to take home for the studio. I spent the better part of 2 days creating this painting. Sometimes it’s easier painting from the safety of my studio – I can come and go as I please and the amount of onlookers is drastically reduced. The goal of this painting was to highlight the pandemic era street eating and the lovely almost nighttime atmosphere. I think it was around 6pm. 

Bistro Les Amis - 22" x 16" (2022)

I conducted a poll on social media for where I might paint this day. SoHo ended up winning out, so I packed my things and hopped on the train. I chose this spot for the red awning and the relatively slow pace they were operating at. That, and there was ample amounts of shade to protect me from the sun. The Bistro was preparing for the dinner run while entertaining a few guests. It’s nice when your subjects sit somewhat still. 

Randall's Island - 16" x 22"

When it’s nice, I go to Randalls Island to skate around the park or spend time with friends. This was done on my birthday in May, during the height of the first wave of the pandemic. A little kid came over and watched me paint the entire thing. He had a lot of stories. He told me how his older sister is plotting his murder, about his favorite Lamborghini matchbox car, and how he could see the Coronavirus. He claims it’s yellow. I believe him. 

Flatiron Scaffolding - 14" x 22"

A quick sketch of the scaffolding at the base of the Flatiron. It’s a pretty busy intersection but I had a great view from the entrance to Madison Square Park. I was going on a trip later that day so I had just a bit of time in the afternoon to go knock out a painting. 

Sea Snakes - 16" x 22" (2021)

A couple of my closest friends walk the beach in Mexico after getting a little too friendly with a sea snake. We took pictures of the creature before “helping” it back into the Pacific Ocean. We didn’t know it at the time, but the snake was deadly. A friendly cab driver graciously informed us of the Yellow Bellied Sea Snake. A brush with death? Perhaps. 

The Florist - 19" x 25.5" (2022)

Another entry into my series of nocturnal bodegas. I was on a walk to a friends place in Harlem when I saw a man making bouquets for the next day. It was getting to be winter so it was quite cold out. I asked to take his picture so I could paint it later. He posed, and I went on my way.   

THE 24TH HOUR - 27" x 18" (2021)

The painting depicts Miss Bubble’s Laundromat in East Harlem at around 11 pm. I used to spend quite some time here before I got a washing machine. Now, I just take peeks from the street. This is the third painting in my series of nighttime New York City bodegas.