Back Alley, Study of the Night May 13, 2011

Plein Air Painting isn't always about seeking the most pristine locations or subject matter.

This painting was the first painting created toward my Master's thesis, painted back in 1997. I was just beginning to search for the variations and subtlety's of the nocturnal world, seeking out the strange and unexplored locations near my home. I would spend two years seeking out similar, and sometimes more dramatic motifs. I learned to refine my ideas, and become more economical in my paint applications; and for two years, have the goal of producing unsellable artwork.

I eventually became overdrawn in my sleep bank account.

Back Alley
12x16 Oil/canvas 1997
Private collection