Looking over at the city from Jersey always reminds me of a fantasy I have. It's a hot August night about 3:00 in the morning. I'm driving through the Lincoln tunnel in a 1961 Continental convertible, rounding that curve in the tunnel and the lights are whooshing over head and the suspension is just floating to the sounds of the Rolling Stones 'Can't you hear me knocking', that part in the middle of the song where it becomes an instrumental and a sax comes on and there's no other cars and I hit the city and it's jumping.
Painted on a NYC map using a subway metro card as paintbrush.
map.big sur.pch 11” x 14” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.oakland 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
I spent the day with Michelle drinking Scribe wine and eating salads made by Julia and Rachael. A grand dinner was made at the hacienda and in the morning with coffee, this was my view. Painted on a map of Sonoma using a scribe cork as paintbrush.
map.santa barbara 36” x 12” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.sf.23 48” x 24” x 1.5" gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.madrid 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Every time I've been to Paris I've rented a small 4th or 5th floor walkup apartment. You walk in the street front small door inside a massive door to a courtyard. After climbing the stairs you look out the window and behold the rooftops of Paris!
I painted this on a map of Paris using a Paris metro card as paintbrush.
The view across the East River from Brooklyn at the Empire State Building from the Wythe Hotel. Bagels and Lox for breakfast then a late lunch with Rachael, the M to the B and Broadway!
Painted with a Wythe Hotel card as paintbrush.
San Francisco glitters at night like a million jewels reminding me of Oz. The Bay Bridge glitters on the Bay while the new tower’s light show dance over the city.
Painted on a map of San Francisco using a Mark Hopkins cardkey as a paintbrush.
map.nyc 48” x 12” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.sentinels 36” x 48” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
westminster 36” x 48” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
On the corner of Columbus and Kearny in San Francisco you can see two of SF’s iconic buildings, the flat iron style Sentinel Building and the Transamerica Pyramid. It’s the intersection of Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District. I love that it shows the past, the present and with a short step to the left the future as the new Salesforce Tower will peek out from behind the Sentinel Building.
Painted on maps of San Francisco using a Clipper card as paintbrush.
map.lisbon 14" x 11" gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.hydra 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.scribe 18” x 24” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
For someone from San Francisco there's a familiar feeling in Lisbon. There's cable cars, trolleys, even a Golden Gate bridge! Granted, the architecture is a bit older and there are more red tile roofs. This view is the walk up to São Jorge castle on the hill overlooking the city.
This was painted using a trolly map of the city as paintbrush.
map.oakland 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Starting with Guinness and ending with Teelings. Seeing the mess that was Francis Bacon’s studio after a fine lunch on Northside. Falling asleep in Bono’s place on the River Liffey. Getting used to tea in the morning.
Painted on a map of Dublin using a Temple Bar Pub coaster as a paintbrush.
I never actually had my breath taken away until seeing Yosemite Valley come into view. A magical place where I saw a large buck lie down and fall asleep feet from me, with no fear, became a Godfather to a river sprite, watched the sun glow on Half Dome, learned of the Ahwahnechee and had a scotch at the Ahwahnee hotel.
Painted on maps of Yosemite using a a piece of granite from there as paintbrush.
map.athens 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
If you walk across the Golden Gate bridge and head into Sausalito, look back over your shoulder for a well deserved view of the city on the hill.
Painted with a vintage Golden Gate bridge postcard as paintbrush.
map.napa.3 18” x 24” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.flortence.2 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.sausalito 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.monterey 28” x 11” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.paris 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Spent a week on this island in the Aegean with no cars. Rode a horse to the top of a mountain, swam out to a buoy, climbed and descended more steps than I can count and sat on Leonard Cohen’s stoop. This view is just around the corner from his house. Painted on a map of Hydra with a Koundouriotis Mansion ticket as paintbrush.
map.flora 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
From the Mission into town, shaded by the giant fig tree. Lunch downtown with a glass of wine and a walk on Stearns Wharf for the breeze.
Painted on a map of Santa Barbara using a piece of beach glass as a paintbrush.
Where Telegraph and Broadway meet in Oakland sits the iconic Cathedral Building. Flat Iron inspired, it was the first Gothic revival skyscraper west of the Mississippi.
Painted using an Oakland postcard as paintbrush.
The drive on the PCH between Monterey and Cambria is one that should be experienced! If I were to rank beautiful rides I’ve taken this would be number one. It’s even better as a passenger. Around each curve there are ever more stunning vistas of sea and land.
Painted on a map of Big Sur using a a beach stone from there as paintbrush.
So much art they store it in the streets! Meeting up with old friends for an impromptu dinner in a cellar. More wild boar ragu please! Driving a bus through tiny streets and discovering a Tuscan biodynamic wine. A walk down the hill from Piazzale Michelangelo accross the Ponte Vecchio.
Painted on a map of Florence with an Innkeepers card as paintbrush.
The cabbie doppelganger, best moussaka and the moving maze that is the Athens Bazaar, all in the shadow of the Acropolis. Painted on a map of Athens with a Cabby's card as paintbrush.
I spent 3 nights in San Jose del Cabo and ate at Flora Farms 2 of them. It’s farm to steps away table great food and drinks that’s down a dusty dirt road in Baja. I painted it on a collage of Flora Farms placemats using a Flora’s Farm Bar menu as a paintbrush.
The first time I visited Monterey we went to the pier. There was an old fashioned organ grinder and monkey dancing with a tin cup. I put a quarter in the cup and the monkey jumped up and kissed me on the cheek! There was a group of us and everyone started putting quarters in the cup for a peck on the cheek. Michelle with a sad face said "I don't have any quarters, I only have a dollar bill. Will he take that?" The organ grinder smiled knowingly and nodded yes. Michelle dropped the dollar in the cup and the monkey jumped up and tongued her mouth! It was the first time that I laughed so hard that I cried.
Painted with a card from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
map.los angeles 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.dublin 14” x 11” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
I moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to go to CalArts. For a Jersey kid everything was new and really different. The coast was to the West, the urban area seemed to go on forever and it was at first very disorienting. That first week we went up to Griffith Observatory at dusk. As the sky went dark and the suns last rays left, the lights came on throughout the city and music filtered up from the Hollywood Bowl. It was transcendent! Painted on a map of L.A. using a vintage Dodgers postcard as paintbrush.
A ride in a London Taxi, oysters at Bentley's, pooped on by a pigeon on a walk by the Thames and a pint in the pub.
Painted on maps of London using a London Underground guide as paintbrush.
The archeological zones Mayan castle on the Caribbean and the pueblo’s great little markets with the car rim barbecue. A wild mescal night and treated like old friends at Hartwood. A secret revealed.
Painted using a ten peso coin as paintbrush.
Watching the fog from the sun. Food, food and more great food! A ride down Telegraph to Broadway, Old Town and the Last Chance water front where Jack London had his first drinks.
Painted on a map of Oakland using an Oaklandish card as paintbrush.
map.tulum 14” x 11” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.yosemite 36” x 48” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Being overwhelmed around each curve, kayak fishing where the Great Whites roam, a bite to eat and a glass of wine on Nepenthe’s patio and finally sleeping under the redwoods to the sound of a rushing creek.
Painted on maps of Big Sur using a a beach stone from there as paintbrush.
map.big sur 36” x 48” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Starting with oysters and wine. A drive down less traveled roads. Old pals Chris and Stacey and a lesson from Gustavo. Painted on a map of Napa Valley using a grapevine as paintbrush.
I was guided around Madrid both times I've been there by those two Madrileños, Nicole and Rachael. Fell in love with its tempo, charm and food! They took us to old favorites and hidden cafes that we never would have discovered.
Painted on a map of Madrid using a Madrid metro card as paintbrush.
map.nyc.2 12” x 48” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD