It was late in the afternoon and the storm came up and dumped a ton of water on the El Ray Motel, then receded as fast as it came. I like how the afternoon light played on the windows. Made them look as if they were waiting for something. Night? Another cloud burst? The El Ray has been waiting for you right on the highway for decades, that is, if you're willing to give up the Interstate for a while.

- Mitchell Freifeld

Passing Afternoon Storm at the El Ray Motel 2

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

30" h x 40" w x 1.75" d
4 lbs. 10 oz.



Mitchell Freifeld
Portland, Oregon

Getting to Know Mitchell

Mitchell Freifeld cannot remember a time when he did not draw and paint. He won his first juried show at age 10 and decided that someday, he'd be a 'real painter.' He settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early '70s and got involved in the burgeoning tech industry. From there, he moved to Portland upon accepting an information technology position. On the drive home after being laid off the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he realized life is short and decided to devote himself full-time to painting. His work focuses on architecture and cityscapes, and portrays everyday places that become lost to our curiosity through sheer familiarity.