The idea for a series of paintings of my neighborhood came to me when I was traveling. I realized how stimulated I was by new surroundings yet when at home I am buried in internal thoughts. I wanted to bring the same visual acuity to my own neighbourhood. These paintings were created in the studio from photos I took on my daily walks. I have lived in this area for 35 years and have watched it’s gradual gentrification. The paintings culminated in a book of paintings and commentary about these changes.