PleinAir Magazine

THE CITY AS MUSE

Washington, D.C., painter Thomas Bucci loves to walk around old cities, especially European ones. He was trained as an architect, but essentially walked away from the field just as he scaled its heights, moving on after his first project proved to be a highly acclaimed and innovative museum design. Still, his training was by no means in vain. He broke through by selling the watercolor illustrations of his buildings, then expanding this into painting any distinctive building that caught his artistic eye. His background makes visits to cities such as London richly rewarding.

“Everybody has a muse,” Bucci says. “I see painters who have a love for rural landscapes, or for beautiful skies. I’m not anti-nature, but I’m not the guy taking a walk in the woods. I’d rather walk down 5th Avenue.”

Bucci says he appreciates how a cityscape gives him powerful compositional tools, in particular

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