Peter Salwen **
My paintings are mainly about light and—more specifically—my intense personal response to phenomena as simple as the play of sunlight on a wall or the ordinary traffic of people and machinery at a city street corner. The focus on urban landscape reflects my background and interests as an urban historian and a licensed New York City tour guide and, perhaps more to the point, my lifelong fascination with my native city. To the interested eye, our city’s streets, parks, rooftops etc. offer up an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of shapes, colors and impressions. Each painting is an attempt to capture the fleeting sensations of one particular moment and somehow wrestle them onto the canvas where, if I am successful, others may choose to share and enjoy them.