Piece description from the artist
Edward Hopper has been an inspiration to me during my entire 35 year painting life. I've seen many shows of his work over the years and live in the same neighborhood as he did in NYC's Greenwich Village. In this painting I like the way the broad stroke of light behind the figure is contrasted with the dark side of her. Also you can see how the lighted side of her is contrasted against the dark of the wall: common and effective techniques. Most of the female models in his paintings happen to be his wife Jo! The story goes that she wasn't very keen on him painting other women.
Ever since Philip started painting 30 years ago there was one main focus that resonated with him: the figure. He studied anatomy for artists and spent hundreds of hours learning, experimenting with color, composition, and drawing. Because he's spent well over a thousand hours painting the figure from life it's enabled him to stretch out and create more interesting canvases using the camera as a tool. Some of the themes he's painted include NYC street scenes, boxing (he boxed years ago), the Civil War, the Indian Wars and a series of paintings of imaginary scenes inside museums pulling together a variety of images to create those paintings.