Begonias in the foreground frame Uptown in the heart of a busy downtown.
Starting from a photograph, I didn’t know how serendipitous this painting would become. Accustomed to working with noise and curious visitors, I need some silence to paint a complex subject. Boy did I get it! The streets went quiet, the studio was quiet, the whole world was quiet as I worked away at this cityscape. Tiny snips of color punctuated the vibrant downtown scene, that had become so still.
Since finishing this work, downtown Knoxville has come back to life. The daily activity has resumed and my art and the world are in harmony. The irony is that our studio-gallery recently moved to this setting in the historic Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street. Nestled in the heart of the art and theater area, downtown is pumping with activity. Restaurants, retail, dog walkers, construction projects, pharmacy and ice cream parlors surround our new space. Drop in to visit, possibly on May 7 for the first Friday art walk from 5-8 p.m. Come see this Uptown painting and this now uptown girl.
Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest. They have a small studio and gallery in the Historic Phoenix Building, 418 South Gay Street. Their website is www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. All works are copyright protected.