These paintings have been from sketches done whilst in the US on holiday. I lived in San Francisco for 4 years in the 90s, and Chicago for 3, long before I thought of painting!. The light in California is wonderful - dry, bright and clear colours which creates dark shadows and distinct shapes.
I had a great trip to the National Parks in the mid West in 2012 which inspired a couple of the paintings.... and I now know why David Hockney took masses of paintings to capture the Grand Canyon.
Two are in Chicago - downtown and the view from my apartment...
I have had another lovely trip to California this year - and have a painting of the San Andreas Fault coming up!