New York Harbor and the Narrows (diptych)
       
     
Royal Oak Field
       
     
Whitecaps and Robbins Reef
       
     
Snowfire
       
     
Pizzeria
       
     
Jimmy's Alltire
       
     
Forest Avenue - Plowed
       
     
Silver Lake - Winter
       
     
After the Rain
       
     
Burgher Avenue
       
     
Circle Path
       
     
Belmont General
       
     
Corson Avenue - February
       
     
Eptachori, Epirus -  Greece
       
     
Back Lot
       
     
Forest Avenue - January
       
     
Forest Avenue Shoppers Plaza
       
     
New York Harbor
       
     
Grand Opening
       
     
July Morning
       
     
May Rain
       
     
Incoming
       
     
January Moon
       
     
Lifting Fog
       
     
November Minute
       
     
Night Rain
       
     
Verrazano Bridge and the Narrows
       
     
January Ballfield
       
     
Park at Dusk
       
     
West Brighton - October
       
     
Post Storm Sonnet for the BQE
       
     
Right Turn - oil on canvas 26" x 36"
       
     
Victory Boulevard at Dawn
       
     
Lower Manhattan 2002
       
     
Staten Island, September
       
     
Victory Boulevard at Dusk
       
     
Stapleton Heights
       
     
The Sullivan Place
       
     
West Shore Expressway
       
     
Raritan Bay Afternoon
       
     
Summer Song
       
     
Tottenville Beach
       
     
Front Street
       
     
Inbound - Newark #1
       
     
Inbound - Newark #2
       
     
Inbound - Newark #3
       
     
Autumn Idyll - Freshkills
       
     
Long Grass on a Beach Road
       
     
St. George from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal
       
     
Downpour
       
     
Late Light
       
     
Stormy Harbor Commute #1
       
     
Stormy Harbor Commute #2
       
     
Stormy Harbor Commute #3
       
     
Stormy Habor Commute #4, Docking
       
     
New York Harbor and the Narrows (diptych)
       
     
New York Harbor and the Narrows (diptych)

oil on canvas 24" x 48"

The sweep of New York City's harbor has been the muse of artists for centuries. I'm attracted to the connection from these past worlds to mine. Inaccessible from a singular, public vantage point, two North Shore Staten Island hillsides provided the vistas from which I noted the touch of our era.

Royal Oak Field
       
     
Royal Oak Field

oil on board 12" x 16"

The setting sun glows as it slips below a wall of clouds

Whitecaps and Robbins Reef
       
     
Whitecaps and Robbins Reef

oil on board 24" x 24"

 

...painting since I was thirteen; this is my first maritime painting! 

I was invited, by The Noble Maritime Collection http://noblemaritime.org/NYC_arts.html along with several other artists to produce an artwork inspired by Robbins Reef for an upcoming fall exhibit dedicated to this lighthouse... just off the North of Staten Island in NY Harbor. 

more historical info: http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=582

Snowfire
       
     
Snowfire

oil on canvas 30" x 36"

early evening sun drops behind newly snow covered trees on a hilltop park

collection of Ines Ballugera

Pizzeria
       
     
Pizzeria

oil on board - 12" x 16"

A heavy snowstorm begins and the streets are quiet. 
The neighborhood pizzeria stays open till the last possible minute,

Jimmy's Alltire
       
     
Jimmy's Alltire

oil on canvas 32" x 34"

collection of James Battista

Forest Avenue - Plowed
       
     
Forest Avenue - Plowed

oil on canvas 36" x 48"

Recently cleared after a heavy snowfall, a major thoroughfare on Staten Island in (NYC) early evening is nearly devoid of all traffic under the heavy winter sky.

 

collection of Jacobsen/Costello - Montgomery AL

Silver Lake - Winter
       
     
Silver Lake - Winter

oil on board 8" x 8"

Silver Lake Reservoir in winter, a park on Staten Island, NYC after nightfall.

collection of R. Heffernan NYC

After the Rain
       
     
After the Rain

oil on canvas 26" x 30"

Immediately after a June downpour, the warm, late afternoon sun glows through saturated foliage, creating deep jewel tones and
a shimmer on wet pavement

collection of Ines Ballugera

Burgher Avenue
       
     
Burgher Avenue

oil on board  -8" x 12"

It was a teeming day in June; Something about the eternity of Burgher Avenue, looking North, disappearing into the fog over the Kill Van Kull struck me. Normally there's a small window through the trees where one can see the industrial shore of NJ.

...and that's my former Toyota Camry in the center!

Circle Path
       
     
Circle Path

oil on board - 18" x 24"

A circular path through a Staten Island park in January leads one towards the setting sun

 

 

Belmont General
       
     
Belmont General

oil on board - 10" x 12"

Belmont General Store is a hub for this small mountaintop town in Central Vermont

collection of Faith Tempest UK and Vt. USA

Corson Avenue - February
       
     
Corson Avenue - February

 

oil on canvas - 28" x 30"

Early evening.. hilltop neighborhood on Staten Island,NYC in February. This place looks like many residential areas around the country. a working class community, built primarily from the turn of last century, undergoing many changes, incarnations.

 

collection of Faith Tempest UK/Vt. USA

Eptachori, Epirus -  Greece
       
     
Eptachori, Epirus - Greece

oil on canvas 21" x 42"

I was commissioned to paint this Northern Greek town from a series of faded photographs in the late 1990's by a Greek American surgeon  living in NYC who was born there.  I put it on my website where it was discovered by people currently living there. They contacted me and featured a story about this on the town's Facebook page. My husband and I went to visit in 2014, were warmly welcomed and given  tour of this spectacular ancient village, now home to some very sophisticated, educated people who have a deep affection for their hometown.

collection of Dr. Christos Dossa

Back Lot
       
     
Back Lot

oil on canvas - 48" x 60"

overcast afternoon overlooking a large abandoned parking lot where reeds grow freely along the perimeter, an old neighborhood settled behind them.

Collection of Drs. Larry Wasser and Sara Weiss

Forest Avenue - January
       
     
Forest Avenue - January

oil on canvas 44" x 54"

Early winter evening on a wide street...after rush hour

collection of Mary Farag

Forest Avenue Shoppers Plaza
       
     
Forest Avenue Shoppers Plaza

oil on canvas - 44" x 46"

In the right light, at a given moment, the most prosaic scene is transformed...even if for a moment

 collection of Ms. Samantha Rick ESQ.

New York Harbor
       
     
New York Harbor

oil on canvas 42" x 48"

NYC lower Manhattan skyline from St. George, Staten Island..painted in 1989

collection of Dr. Courtney Hollender

Grand Opening
       
     
Grand Opening

oil on canvas - 40" x 48"A new auto parts store heralds its' opening on a bleak day

collection of Bill and Karin Prince - San Francisco CA

July Morning
       
     
July Morning

oil on canvas 26" x 34"

Early morning light shines bright patches through a London plane tree lined street in suburban New York.

private collection NYC

May Rain
       
     
May Rain

oil on canvas 26" x34"

 

private collection NYC

Incoming
       
     
Incoming

oil on canvas 23" x 33"

 

An early autumn storm rolls in quickly

January Moon
       
     
January Moon

oil on canvas 36" x 48"

commissioned piece by a homeowner who grew up on this street which has remained much the same for decades. This was his favorite childhood view...easy to replicate. I just had to wait for a significant snowfall and the moon to be in the right position when taking reference shots.

 

private collection, NYC

Lifting Fog
       
     
Lifting Fog

oil on board - 12" x 18"

An early summer morning's humidity blankets a verdant park in light fog

November Minute
       
     
November Minute

oil on canvas 27" x 54"

 

the last ray of sunlight stripes a residential intersection, setting a maple tree ablaze in color

 

Night Rain
       
     
Night Rain

oil on board 9" x 12"

I've painted this road and scene from somewhat different angles, in various weather conditions and times of day. It nearly always speaks to me..the curve of the road, the light, that small window into the distance.

Verrazano Bridge and the Narrows
       
     
Verrazano Bridge and the Narrows

oil on board 12" x 18"

 

Verrazano Bridge..early on a February morning from a construction site on Front Street.

January Ballfield
       
     
January Ballfield

oil  on canvas 46" x 48"

Neighborhood ball field under a foot and a half of snow.

Park at Dusk
       
     
Park at Dusk

oil on canvas 18" x 25"

Silver Lake Reservoir Park, Staten Island on an August night, after sunset

private collection - Santa Barbara CA

West Brighton - October
       
     
West Brighton - October

oil o  canvas 36" x 40"

Post Storm Sonnet for the BQE
       
     
Post Storm Sonnet for the BQE

oil on board 13" x 15"

Skyline of Manhattan seen from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway after a violent thunderstorm

Right Turn - oil on canvas 26" x 36"
       
     
Right Turn - oil on canvas 26" x 36"

...not a great photo of this painting, but decent enough. I have a particular fondness for it because I was learning to trust the viewer, keeping details minimal but atmosphere and composition paramount.

Staten Islanders invariably guess where this is...most of the time getting it right. I haven't paid close attention; the name of the station may have changed.

Victory Boulevard at Dawn
       
     
Victory Boulevard at Dawn

oil on canvas 47" X 51"

early morning view of the Manhattan skyline and World Trade Center's Twin Towers as seen from a Staten Island hilltop across New York Harbor ( created in 1985)

Lower Manhattan 2002
       
     
Lower Manhattan 2002

oil on canvas - 44" x 54"

Late afternoon view of the newly amputated Manhattan skyline as seen from a Staten Island hilltop across New York Harbor.

 

more info and history  http://www.sarahyuster.com/9-11/

Staten Island, September
       
     
Staten Island, September

oil on canvas 40" x 54"

 

September 11th was quixotically fortunate for me. My brother survived the strike on the WTC. His wife and I watched the towers burn and collapse over and over on the television news that morning. We could barely breathe, cry, or dare to hope as we envisioned Jared's last moments, anonymously repeated in slow motion for all to see.

Our relief and gratitude upon finally hearing from him was subdued by the surrounding anguish. Jared's reportage of the defining minutes of evacuation and rescue provided an overwhelming image that would endure.

"As we made our way down the smoke filled stairwells, I could smell burning jet fuel. The firefighters kept everyone calm, guiding and assuring us that we would be fine. I tried to remember the face of each one as he passed us going up; they had to know they might never come down, even if you couldn't see it in their eyes... I felt that someone should look at their faces because it might be the last time anyone did."

 

Alternately constrained and rent by grief, disbelief, fear, rage and soaring empathy for the victims and their loved ones, none of us knew where to go. One tangible location for many was the hilltop on Victory Boulevard with Staten Island's unique view of the skyline. People gathered there for days after the 11th, to look, understand, and verify. I've long felt an unreasonable propriety for that vista, having labored it on canvas fifteen years ago.

The power of a painting, now only an abstract truth, the reality of the present and my brother's resonating words spurred me to this project.

"Staten Island September" is acknowledgment of our communal trauma, its aftermath and collective long view.

Hometown examination has long been a focus of my work, almost always starkly personal. This piece is different. It's an attempt to put our experience as Staten Islanders... our collective pain, our emotional processes regarding 9/11 into a singular image. It was crucial to include the lyrical, powerful monument already in place, Masayuki Sono's Postcards memorial. Staten Island, NYC's least populated borough, lost over 270 people on September 11th, nearly 80 of them first responders, so many from my immediate neighborhood.

 

 

Victory Boulevard at Dusk
       
     
Victory Boulevard at Dusk

oil on canvas 49" x 52"

 

Watch “Twenty Nine Years” on @Vimeo, the story behind this painting.   https://vimeo.com/87968489

 

Also see the page 9/11 Hometown Commemorative

Stapleton Heights
       
     
Stapleton Heights

oil on board 24" x 24"

 

View southeast of the Verrazanno Bridge and the Narrows from a high point on Staten Island, a borough of New York City.

The Sullivan Place
       
     
The Sullivan Place

oil on canvas 36" x 48"

 

The Sullivan house near Walker Park on Staten Island

 

collection of the Sullivan family NYC

West Shore Expressway
       
     
West Shore Expressway

oil on canvas - 32" x 34"

 

Highway view from an overpass on Staten Island, NYC

 

Raritan Bay Afternoon
       
     
Raritan Bay Afternoon

oil on board 9" x 12"

 

I always liked paintings of water, the ocean and all respective light, weather. I plan to do more of these; they're a balance and release from the intensity of some of my other subjects.

Summer Song
       
     
Summer Song

oil on board 12" x 18"

...a sweet/sad coincidence that this was completed the day Les Haas, composer of the Mr. Softee jingle died at 94.

Tottenville Beach
       
     
Tottenville Beach

oil on board 7" x 18"

I'd been down at Conference House Park at the very South end of the island with my husband and daughter late last fall when I took the reference shots for this. We ventured through the reeds towards the beach; wind was high and a low sun created deep contrast on the water and in the sky.

 

collection J. Kilcullen, NYC
 

Front Street
       
     
Front Street

oil on board 9.5" x 17"

A freight train was pushing (or pulling) SIRT cars, stopped for the moment where the lines switch to take cars off the main track. While this is a timeless scene that could occur all through the US, there's a very home specific feel for us on Staten Island.

Inbound - Newark #1
       
     
Inbound - Newark #1

oil on canvas 22" x 22"

 

This is one of a series of three meant to be installed consecutively left to right.
I'm attempting to replicate that feeling as our metal transport tube leaves the earth or brings us back.

Inbound - Newark #2
       
     
Inbound - Newark #2

oil on canvas 22"x22"

...second of a series of three meant to be installed consecutively left to right.

 

I'm attempting to replicate that feeling as our metal transport tube leaves the earth or brings us back; this being about the time when we hear a thump of the landing gear being lowered.

Inbound - Newark #3
       
     
Inbound - Newark #3

oil on canvas - 22" x 22"

 

...third in a series of three meant to be installed consecutively left to right.

I'm attempting to replicate that feeling as our metal transport tube leaves the earth or brings us back;

I'm attempting to replicate that feeling as our metal transport tube leaves the earth or brings us back; this being about the time when we hear a thump of the landing gear being lowered.

At this point you may be trying to gauge how quickly you can get to the overhead compartment for your carry-on and who is likely to get in your way.

Autumn Idyll - Freshkills
       
     
Autumn Idyll - Freshkills

oil on board 12.5" x 18"

I took the reference shots for this piece late one afternoon while on a tour of the new Freshkills Park. A small group of us had been invited to photograph, observe and learn about the incredible environmental/engineering project underway to create a vast natural, rejuvenated space...an ecological pendulum swing from what it once had been.

Though I often paint scenes embracing gritty reality settled in with natural beauty or just an oddly appealing familiarity....I have never been compelled to document the landfill. It was too devastatingly sad and ever-worsening.

This new iteration as Freshkills Park has much hope...intelligence, ethics, technical advancement and the forces of nature in unison.

Long Grass on a Beach Road
       
     
Long Grass on a Beach Road

 oil on board 12.5" x 14"

I was taking reference shots down at Graham Beach, on Staten Island's Eastern shore for my External Forces series. I'd photographed HB West and Laura Neese dancing in a field where a Hurricane Sandy destroyed home once stood and created a painting, Counterpoint about artists and their environment as inspiration.

The late afternoon August light, peace and privacy of this area seemed timeless.

St. George from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal
       
     
St. George from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

 oil on canvas 40" x 44"

This is one of those areas that most on Staten Island have experienced...usually in a hurry or waiting. This is just an area to pass through, generally a bit of an annoyance to navigate as other drivers often obstruct the drop-off/pickup flow or you're looking for a space as to prevent being an offender.

There's a particular sense of place though...the overhead ramps, industrial design, oddly appointed lots, exit and entrance ways. St. George itself looms along the Terrace...but almost like a film set, only a few layers deep.

Downpour
       
     
Downpour

Downpour - oil on board 11" x 17"

Leaving Spiro Hall at Wagner College mid morning during an early spring deluge, nearly all color was muted by heavy fog and rain. The deep-hued bricks matching the small Japanese maples, new pale grass, a red sectioned umbrella and a student's slick yellow boots accented the otherwise monochromatic scheme.

Late Light
       
     
Late Light

oil on board 12" x 14"

..an early September afternoon, the sun low and strong -flanked by thick clouds above and below which gave an odd intensity to the light and shadows cast by the trees along this stretch of Forest Avenue on the North Shore of Staten Island

Stormy Harbor Commute #1
       
     
Stormy Harbor Commute #1

oil on wood - 12" x 12"

In all the years of painting Staten Island, This is my first ferry-specific project. Many colleagues past and present have done wonderful images in various mediums.

I realized that it wasn't the ferry that interested me as much as the experience of it. This series of small paintings of the voyage are meant to display together...a quadratych /four part installation. This is the first of four, with a possible larger scale plan for later.

The ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island is a shared experience for millions. It varies over one's lifetime depending on age, purpose in commuting, personality and mindset. These elements all evolve and devolve over years.

Consciousness during the periods of performing rote, automatic activities is receded...so the imagery not necessarily memorable or describable in words. My attempt to recreate the atmosphere, semi aware visuals,...the window focus, the interruptive, lyrical reflections,  blurred horizon and sentience of how weather affects what we see are what these paintings are aiming for.

Stormy Harbor Commute #2
       
     
Stormy Harbor Commute #2

oil on wood - 12" x 12"

In all the years of painting Staten Island, This is my first ferry-specific project. Many colleagues past and present have done wonderful images in various mediums.

I realized that it wasn't the ferry that interested me as much as the experience of it. This series of small paintings of the voyage are meant to display together...a quadratych /four part installation. This is the second of four, with a possible larger scale plan for later.

The ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island is a shared experience for millions. It varies over one's lifetime depending on age, purpose in commuting, personality and mindset. These elements all evolve and devolve over years.

Consciousness during the periods of performing rote, automatic activities is receded...so the imagery not necessarily memorable or describable in words. My attempt to recreate the atmosphere, semi aware visuals,...the window focus, the interruptive, lyrical reflections,  blurred horizon and sentience of how weather affects what we see are what these paintings are aiming for.

Stormy Harbor Commute #3
       
     
Stormy Harbor Commute #3

oil on wood - 12" x 12"

In all the years of painting Staten Island, This is my first ferry-specific project. Many colleagues past and present have done wonderful images in various mediums.

I realized that it wasn't the ferry that interested me as much as the experience of it. This series of small paintings of the voyage are meant to display together...a quadratych /four part installation. This is the third of four, with a possible larger scale plan for later.

The ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island is a shared experience for millions. It varies over one's lifetime depending on age, purpose in commuting, personality and mindset. These elements all evolve and devolve over years.

Consciousness during the periods of performing rote, automatic activities is receded...so the imagery not necessarily memorable or describable in words. My attempt to recreate the atmosphere, semi aware visuals,...the window focus, the interruptive, lyrical reflections,  blurred horizon and sentience of how weather affects what we see are what these paintings are aiming for.

Stormy Habor Commute #4, Docking
       
     
Stormy Habor Commute #4, Docking

oil on wood - 12" x 12"

In all the years of painting Staten Island, This is my first ferry-specific project. Many colleagues past and present have done wonderful images in various mediums.

I realized that it wasn't the ferry that interested me as much as the experience of it. This series of small paintings of the voyage are meant to display together...a quadratych /four part installation. This is the last of four, with a possible larger scale plan for later.

The ferry ride is a shared experience for millions. It varies over one's lifetime depending on age, purpose in commuting, personality and mindset. These elements all evolve and devolve over years.

Consciousness during the periods of performing rote, automatic activities recedes...so the imagery not necessarily memorable or describable in words. My attempt is to recreate the atmosphere, semi-aware visuals,...the window focus, the interruptive but lyrical reflections, the blurred horizon and sentience of weather's affect on what we see.