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Working in watercolor and occasionally oils,
my "cityscape" paintings,
executed around the varied New York City locations
I know so well,
strive to capture the beauty
found in the everyday scenes
that are often missed by most people,
especially the very folks who live and work in this big city.

I quote from the insightful weekly newsletter
www.brainpickings.org
by Maria Popova:

"Under the tyranny of
MULTI-TASKING… UNI-TASKING,
specifically the art of noticing,
has been exiled from our daily lives."

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All my recent paintings were executed
in and around the varied New York City locations
shown here that I know so well.

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If you aren't aware,
New York City is actually made up of 5 "boroughs" (or sections),
each having its own unique personality.
Here they are:

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4 of the 5 boroughs are actually islands:
Manhattan and Staten Island are islands by themselves,
while Brooklyn and Queens are part of the larger Long Island.
The Bronx is the only borough in New York City
that is not an island and is actually situated on the U.S. mainland.

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Each borough invites me in to discover and record
more of the never ending life that makes this city so great.

Whether it's
Brooklyn,
Queens,
the Bronx,
Staten Island,
or
Manhattan,
the most famous of the boroughs,
known to visitors because of Times Square
and other tourists attractions,
each borough becomes a smaller city within the big city itself.

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I've concentrated my paintings shown on this website
on the magnificent elevated "subway" structures of the city.
Known by residents as simply the "El" (as in elevated).

During the mid 1900's,
they dotted various neighborhoods of New York.
Now mostly demolished,
I wanted to record this unique vanishing sight
before they were all gone.

The word "Subway"
is used to describe the entire train system,
whether the cars are actually under ground
or they are riding high above street level
on the steel elevated train tracks
that still survive in a few sections of this big tow.

As I mentioned,
sometimes the elevated trains
are also referred to as the "El." Short for elevated.
Thus the elevated part of the system
can be called by two names:
either the "Subway" or the "El."
It just depends on who you are talking to.

Below is the New York City subway map that is displayed
in every subway station and train car in the system.
It shows the vastness of the subway system.
The blue box indicates the "El" train section in Queens
that are the inspiration for my paintings.

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All my recent paintings
were executed
in and around the varied
New York City locations
shown here
that I know so well.

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If you aren't aware,
New York City
is actually made up of
5 "boroughs" (or sections),
each having its own
unique personality.

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4 of the 5 boroughs
are actually islands:
Manhattan and Staten Island
are islands by themselves,
while Brooklyn and Queens
are part of the larger Long Island.
The Bronx is the only borough
in New York City
that is not an island
and is actually situated
on the U.S. mainland.

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Each borough invites me in
to discover and record
more of the never ending life
that makes this city so great.

Whether it's
Brooklyn,
Queens,
the Bronx,
Staten Island,
or
Manhattan,
the most famous of the boroughs,
known to visitors
because of Times Square
and other tourists attractions,
each borough becomes
a smaller city
within the big city itself.

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I've concentrated my paintings
shown on this website
on the magnificent
elevated "subway" structures
of the city.
Known by residents as simply
the "El" (as in elevated).

During the mid 1900's,
they dotted various
neighborhoods of New York.
Now mostly demolished,
I wanted to record
this unique vanishing sight
before they were all gone.

The word "Subway"
is used to describe the
entire train system,
whether the cars are actually
under ground
or they are riding high
above street level
on the steel elevated train tracks
that still survive in a few sections
of this big tow.

As I mentioned,
sometimes the elevated trains
are also referred to as the "El."
Short for elevated.
Thus the elevated
part of the system
can be called by two names:
either the "Subway" or the "El."
It just depends on
who you are talking to.

Below is the
New York City subway map
that is displayed in every
subway station and train car
in the system.
It shows the vastness
of the subway system.
The blue box indicates the
"El" train section in Queens
that are the inspiration
for my paintings.

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