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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 Manhattan (the most famous of the boroughs,
known to visitors because of Times Square and other tourists attractions),
the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island,
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.

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I use the word "subway"
whether talking about the whole train system itself
or an individual train car,
because that's what all the trains are called,
whether they are actually under ground (sub-way)
or riding high above street level
on the steel elevated train tracks
that still survive in a few sections of this big tow

The word "subway"
is actually used to describe
the entire train system,
whether talking about the
underground part of it (Sub-way)
or the elevated part of it (El).
They are both the subway.

But sometimes the elevated trains
are also referred to
as simply the "El."
So that part of the system
is called by two names:
the "Subway" and the "El."
It just depends
who you are talking to.

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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
Manhattan
(the most famous of the boroughs,
known to visitors
because of Times Square
and other tourists attractions),
the Bronx,
Brooklyn,
Queens
or Staten Island,
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.

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The word "subway"
is actually used to describe
the entire train system,
whether talking about the
underground part of it (Sub-way)
or the elevated part of it (El).
They are both the subway.

But sometimes the elevated trains
are also referred to
as simply the "El."
So that part of the system
is called by two names:
the "Subway" and the "El."
It just depends
who you are talking to.