Oil on Canvas
42 x 26
A couple years ago I did a city scape painting called Rat Trap, which came out of a time in my life where I felt trapped. (1999-2009 section) I feel this painting, Cold City, is coming from a place in my life that is filled with a lot more hope in the future. I think if you could put these two together, eve though the rat trap is more colorful, I feel it is more ominous. I called this a cold city, but it doesn't mean a city without life. I see it more as a cold facade but underneath is filled with life and warmth. While I worked on this I documented stages of my process. I began with a bright orange background for a hidden subtext of warmth, that even when the city seems cold and insensitive there can be found warmth in it's humanity. The edges, which are unseen in photos, are painted in the orange to refer back to this warmth below the apparent frosty exterior.