Under the Lee, Elizabeth Johnson Phillips
Subject: Pedestrian Bridge to Belle Isle, Richmond, VA
Snack Eaten: Snappea Crisps
Listened To: Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides and Blood Sugar Sex Magic by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Richmond, VA is a great city for artists. Home of VCU's amazing art school, it is flooded with brilliant writers, artists, musicians, photographers, and oddly enough, is the most tattoed city in America. It is poised to be the next Austin and is just a fantastic city full of history and architecture just ripe for the picking. I am very blessed to be painting in a city haunted with the glory and shame of America's past and to be a part of capturing its artistic future.
The Pedestrian foot bridge to Belle Isle captures the essence of what is great about calling RVA home. It hovers between the city and wildlife, history and the horizon. Nestled under the Robert E Lee Memorial bridge, it gives the adventurer the opportunity to go from historic Tredegar Iron Works to the park at Belle Isle. Upon Belle Isle, you can hike, bike, fish and see historic sites as well as the beautiful riverside Richmond city skyline.
So when my friend Julianne Condrey posted a photo of the pedestrian bridge on facebook, I immiediately knew two things: 1. I was going to paint it and try to capture the movement and essence of Richmond in the sway and stability of the footbridge, and 2. I needed to warn all my friends that their public facebook photos were fair game for me to poach.