South 11th Street side of 475 Kent Avenue, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn

January 2001

I knew this building because the artists who originally built the space that I live in had moved here when I took over their lease. I also really liked the Pac-Man-like graffiti. I don’t know who made it. This painting is one that I made up because I’d run out of books on landscape paintings at that point. Because the wall was so rough and crumbly, it was hard to paint detail, which is why all the foliage looks abnormally large.

I keep running into people who live in the building, and they tell me that the painting is still there. I didn’t meet anyone while I was painting it, except for the people who worked at the bakery on the ground floor, and they were very shy.