About this Series
I am drawn to the glow and glare of artificial light in an urban environment. It’s designed to feel warm in the cold, to advertise the bounty within. Fast food restaurants represent a duality that I find interesting both in their subject and in the way I paint them. They promise nourishment and human company in contrast with the actual isolation and lack of sustenance provided by the processed foods sold. I like to paint them at night the best so that I can contrast the unnatural illumination of neon and street lights with the ambient light in a darkened sky.
Like Van Gogh’s lurid reds and greens in “The Night Café” or Edward Hopper’s acidic “Night Hawks” – light becomes its own material substance.
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