Rush Hour pastel

Rush Hour (pastel)_7006694417_l

2008

Pastel 26 x 72 cm

This painting was based on the experience Lethea and I had at L.A.’s Union Station on our 2005 trip to Oregon. We too were rushing to catch a train to Disneyland when this wave of people came flooding towards us from various trains entering the city, bringing folks to work between 8 and 9 am. I couldn’t connect with any of them; they appeared a blur both physically and mentally.

The scene is typical of any major city railway station anywhere in the world at Rush Hour. Surely most of you would have experienced such a scene at least once in your life — full of motion as you look for space to move through.

This pastel won the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) National Award for 2008.

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