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Reflections of a Neighborhood: An Artwork Commission Inspired by Boston’s Fort Point

This week marked the culmination of a creative project first proposed to me last fall. What turned out to be a painted photographic collage of a Boston neighborhood began with a couple who appreciate their Fort Point neighborhood. Over time, through discussions and the taking of photographs, and later poring over photographs, narrowing them down and trying to select just one, we gradually settled on a collage of many of the interesting shapes, lines, and structures around them. As the project evolved, elements from their home and evocative of their time in the US made their way into the scene as well. Eventually even they themselves were incorporated in the form of a shadow silhouette! My challenge was to creatively weave these many streets and elements together as the basis for a fun, warm painting reflecting their time in a place special to them. At times I wondered how in the world I would include all the elements. I was happy when I realized I could include a view down curvy Melcher Street by creating …