I’ve been working on and thinking about pretty landscape paintings with industrial subject matter. The working title is Pretty Industrial and the idea came to me while I was an artist-in-residence at CAC Troy, New York. I was standing in a desolate warehouse looking out broken
windows that faced the Hudson River. It was a beautiful, blue-sky day and I realized that the trees I was looking at were the same trees that I’d seen on the canvases of the Hudson River School painters. This made me rethink how we perceive our decaying, industrial landscapes. When I returned to Brooklyn, I saw the industrial neighborhood surrounding my studio with fresh eyes and a new interest. Brooklyn’s working waterways are changing and I felt a need to document my take on it while I’m here.