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Kate O'Connor
The porch is actually my next-door neighborís porch. From my porch, I would see my neighbors tending to the plants. So when I got this assignment, I looked around at quite a few places to find a garden to illustrate, but I just felt that this one was beautiful.

A lot of times, when Iím working on an assignment, Iíll try to paint images of Syracuse and integrate them into my work. The city has some beautiful qualitiesóbeautiful architecture, beautiful nature. Often it ends up that I paint views or scenery that I see everyday, like my back yard, or a view of the street. Whatever I see a lot, I tend to find a way to integrate it. I like to find the beautiful aspects of something that everybody else sees as normal.

Patches of garden
line the porches and sidewalks
cultivating joy

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