Daisy on the Queensboro, oil on linen, 48 x 62 inches, 2018.
I set out to make a painting that was an apocryphal addition to The Great Gatsby. I wanted to show Daisy Buchanan in the aftermath of Gatsby's death. She is supposed to be a materialistic, shallow woman who threw him away in the most callous manner. It's interesting. For some reason, I wanted (needed?) her to show some remorse, some sense of loss. Her arm is extended, searching for something, her wedding ring in full view..
I wanted to evoke a very New York nocturne. The Queensboro bridge is a very important motif in the book, thus the perfect setting for the scene.
The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
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