Walkabout is a fan of artist Carol Skinger, who isn't from the 'Burgh but lives here and loves it to pieces, as so many of us transplants do.
In August, I wrote a story in the Post-Gazette about improvements being made to August Wilson’s boyhood home in the Hill. Mr. Wilson's family is preparing it to turn it into a place for artists to work, live and convene.
Carol sent me an email about a series of paintings she was doing as homages to the childhood homes of famous locals.
So far, she has completed posters of August Wilson and Rachel Carson’s homes (including a Carnegie Library because of the library's influence on Mr. Wilson’s life as a writer).
She is working on one to honor the home of Andy Warhol and is being featured in the holiday issue of Shady Ave magazine.
She has nice range as a painter, producing works from the whimsical to the mechanical, from elegantly childlike to photographically stylized.
I especially love her maps and plans. Well, map and plan. I have only seen one of each -- a delightful map of Schenley Park and a fictional design plan for East Liberty, the latter of which is at left.
You can read the background story of this plan on Carol's blog.