It also divides its focus between Seattle’s iconic downtown Pioneer Square, especially the Smith Tower, celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014, and my own neighborhood, Seattle’s “Central District,” one of the many local communities under pressure to up-grade, up-date, up-scale, and “fill-in,” shifting from the relaxed, comfortable environment which existed when we came here in 1989 toward a scene marked by tight, box-like structures exploiting a recent climb in real estate values. This growing accumulation of slick plastic “modern” seems inexorable. I do not, however, need to include such creeping blight in my paintings, and have chosen instead to look at the intricate very particular forms which have shaped a world different from any other, distinctly our own, and (I think) worth preserving in their unique, if ultimately only “virtual” form.
Urban Sprawl, oil on canvas, 37 x 37 inches, copyright ©2013
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Café Dur, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches, copyright ©2013