For years I painted the Empire State Building during the daytime, often with a view through trees. I’d travel throughout the boroughs looking for interesting vantage points. Two years ago I was looking for a new place to live, again traveling throughout the boroughs looking for the right place. When I saw the view from the second floor of my house, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. I have been working on this series for the last year and a half. Each painting is made in one evening from direct observation alla prima. I love the fact that I can paint the same thing every night, and every night it is different. Every night the same, every night different. The colors of the building lights change frequently. In addition, the weather and the color of night are never the same. I look for opportunities to take subtle formal variations. Lately, I have been photographing the finished painting and posting it instantly on Facebook, sharing my experience of this New York icon in real time.