Photo by myself, around Madison and 62nd Street, on the Upper East Side.
Walking to a job site Tuesday morning, I encountered an artist selling his work, pencil in hand. I've seen him in the same spot for several weeks in a row, but this time I stopped to talk.
Peter Zonis is a New York artist who has been featured in New York Magazine, NBC News, and the New York Daily News. Many of his large oil pastels feature New York City landmarks, ranging from the Guggenheim to Carnegie Deli to the Plaza Hotel.
Buildings look dynamic and threaten to escape the frame. It's obvious from the colors and composition that Peter enjoys making art. His work has been collected by Joe Namath, Robert De Niro and David Letterman, among others.
It's pretty incredible to think I'd been walking by this person every week for the last several months. I so admire artists who have the courage and determination to pursue their work. My brief moment with Peter made my day special.
Check out Peter Zonis' artwork here.
The Portrait Series is a once-in-a-while installment, featuring New Yorkers encountered on the street.
Related posts: On Location, in Brooklyn Heights, Five New Yorkers, on the Upper East Side and Working the Sidewalk Catwalk, in Midtown.