I noticed a man on the corner, just outside the shadows of Haight Street. Like many others, his large backpack was laying on the sidewalk behind him. I’ve wanted to incorporate more people into my paintings for a while and have been doing lots of gesture drawings to help make this happen. Shadows still catch my eye every time I walk around the city and are always working their way into my paintings.
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On my ventures out to sketch, I’ve probably walked by this van a hundred times and never without briefly looking over to admire it. The lines of the body, the windows, and the utility of its design capture my imagination for a moment and become one more piece of my life in San Francisco, where Volkswagen vans still abound. My walks around the city, not only looking for subjects to sketch or paint, are spent forming a relationship with life right here and now. I’m recording the small things that are special and meaningful. I feel a great devotion to things, whether it’s a van or a shadow cast over the rooftop of a house that I otherwise have no connection to. The places and things that I pass by on my way through life leave fingerprints on my mind and memories. Maybe that’s why drawing and painting have become so important to me. Each drawing represents a tiny fraction of how I look at the world.