562 Main Street, 2016, Acrylic and Graphite on Board, 18 x 24
Park City, Utah commissioned me to paint a portrait of the building that won this year’s Historic Preservation Award. The building isn’t architecturally ornate and is a neutral color. In order to add narrative to the piece and make the building pop I painted half the portrait in grayscale, referencing Park City’s history as a western frontier, and half the painting in full color to celebrate it as a present day modern and popular city. I gave it an evening setting so that the blue-ish grey building could be complemented by an orange sky rather than a grey building on a light blue daytime sky.
At the request of the city, who said their city is often called "Bark City", I added our family dogs to the portrait which my kids really enjoy.