This is one of my later paintings, and like practically all work I did at San Jose State, was created without a photograph. In fact, this one didn’t even have the benefit of a sketch beforehand, just two different glances across the bay on different days... The first is the view from Paseo Padre across southern Fremont in the morning, which looks roughly like the mountains and the bay in the picture, and a view of the clouds some two weeks later. Of course, in the real scene, there are houses on the mountains and factories by the bay... The tree in a way symbolizes the loneliness of modern existence, how we all keep to ourselves, afraid to let others in.


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