I started painting New York cityscapes in 2001 from the windows of a loft in Hell’s Kitchen. It was my personal take on Xavier de Maistre A Journey Around my Room. The neighborhood offered then unobstructed views from the river to Times Square…
Then, for lack of space in my studio, I set up my easel outdoors, following in the footseps of the Hudson River painters. This provoked an immediate reaction from passers-by while I was painting along the Hudson River Line. It led sometimes to friendly encounters that I immediately transcribed on the back of the painting that had originated the discussion. This way, the painting became more than just a depiction of the cityscape, it provided context by incorporating the reactions of its inhabitants.
I moved to a studio in the Fashion District in NYC in 2010 to paint larger 3-dimensional cityscapes of Midtown, presented as screens. I also executed more outdoors paintings in Mohegan Lake, always going in the same direction: Going West! In Manhattan, going West takes you to the Lincoln Tunnel.
Manhattan landmarks are a whole world into themselves. Witness of the change brought by the developments around the High Line, a former elevated railroad track converted into a park, I adopted panoramic formats to better seize the scope of that changing New York Cityscape.
More recently, the Hudson Yards development provided a new source of inspiration, with a special focus on its centerpiece, Heatherwick’s Vessel. Having travelled along tracks for a long time, the Hudson Yards paintings came as a natural extension of the Grand Central Station and High Line projects.
The COVID years brought many challenges and changes. I documented them in A New Normal.