Quay Street (1813)
time period marks the end of Albany as a frontier rivertown. The age of
sail was about to give way to steam power and the Erie Canal would soon
accelerate the interior development of New York State. The pace of life
was about to quicken.
depicts a quiet riverfront. The workday is winding down as a bright moon
illuminates a mackerel sky, its silvery light reflecting off a calm Hudson
River. A group of merchants, relaxing after loading a wagon, discusses
the day’s events. Warm ribbons of lantern light catch the rounded cobblestones
of the street. The sturdy sloops creek in the gentle breeze. A solitary
crewman, aboard a topsail schooner anchored in deeper water, lantern in
hand, makes his final rounds before coming ashore. Evening has long been
an artistic metaphor for endings and I wanted my work to symbolize the
end of the colonial years in what was to become a bustling industrial age.