While working on obtaining my Master's degree, I would travel two or three times a week down to Cal State Univ. Northridge and back. While driving back to Carpinteria, at night, I would seek my painting motifs. in the desolate neighborhoods of the southland.
I was required to produce and finish one painting every two weeks, and subject each painting to critical review by my piers. by the end of the two years I would produce 30 images toward my Master's Degree. 15 of these were accepted, and exhibited.
I spent two nights on location painting this painting; four hours each sitting.
On the first night, I was alone while painting. It was the first and only time I would climb inside my van to avoid attracting four seemingly aggressive youths who were out carousing their hood, looking for someone to harass.
The second night which I went down to finish the painting, I convinced my buddy, Ian, to come along with me, to hang out and keep me company. As I grew close to finishing, he agreed to model for me; (you can see him walking across the rail yard in the distance).
Ian, is the the Ghost.
The Ghost Yard
22x44 oil/canvas 1999
Collection of the Artist