The world is full of magic. Not the spell-casting and magic wand type, although that may be hiding somewhere out there too. I’m talking about the kind of magic that is experienced only with a stroll down the street in a city that’s well-worn and has a life of its own. The kind of city where the drama of everyday life plays against the backdrop of rain- soaked and neon-lit pavement. Where every chair in every coffee shop and bar has held a hundred years of patrons before you, and will hold another hundred years of people after you’re gone. Where the menus have food with names you’ve never heard of because there is an actual heritage at work, not a corporate decision running the show. The restaurants can claim to have invented world famous items because they actually did. Places where music and the liveliness of existence fill the air. These are places where “joie de vivre” is not a sarcastic insult, but an actual thing to be felt and experienced. These places are all over and still exist, but they are getting harder and harder to find. When I do find them, I embrace them and I cherish the magic they bring to the world. My artistic goal is to celebrate, preserve and bring these magic places home where I can keep a piece of them as I paint. Every trip to the studio is, for me, a trip to New Orleans, a trip to Paris, a trip to Chinatown in San Francisco. I will continue to search out and commemorate these magical places, and tell their stories through my paintings.
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