The Story Behind the Painting: McDonald Avenue

"McDonald Avenue" (watercolor and gouache on paper, 26 x 40) by Susan Weintraub. Bill Armstrong Memorial Award Winner

“In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated my Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach,” says Susan Weintraub. “I looked around the area I had lived my whole life with new appreciation and respect. I also realized the wealth of potential subject matter in the beach, boardwalk, and mom-and-pop stores and especially the elevated transit system that runs above the major thoroughfares and links our area to the rest of the city. For the past five years, I have tried to create works that capture all the strengths and vulnerabilities, but especially the resilience of these natural and man-made structures. Ironically, experiencing the power of water in nature has encouraged me to explore the powerful potential of water as the medium of my painting.”

McDonald Avenue is on display through August 26, 2018, at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, as part of the 57th exhibition of Watercolor USA, a national, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. The event is open to artists from all 50 states and US territories and judged for a variety of prizes, totally approximately $20,000 in cash awards. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

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