Since I moved to the steel city four years ago, I have gotten requests time and time again to paint the skyline of Pittsburgh. However, before depicting my new found home, I wanted to take my time learning and living in the area. Since there are countless traditional paintings of the Pittsburgh landscape, I continually kept my eyes open and remained patient to find the viewpoint that resonated the strongest sensation of what this city means to me. If I could describe one of the most unique aspects of Pittsburgh, it would be how it is defined through the small surrounding neighborhoods and the close-knit interconnections of the people between those communities. From the north, south, east and west corners of the three rivers, each neighborhood has its own dynamic character; yet there is a unanimous pride for Pittsburgh as a whole. It is something I truly admire. This city is filled with enthusiasm for everyone apart of it and the energy here is infectious. From the intense workings of the city’s urban restoration to earning the title as the nation’s epicenter in the development of cutting edge technology, Pittsburgh has set itself a part because of its open and accepting energy between people within an intimate environment. Once you are here awhile, it is not abnormal in the slightest to run in to a familiar face multiple times. Pittsburgh really is a “big small town” and I could not be more excited to finally paint it!
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