The inspiration for this painting came from lyrics of a song by one of my favorite musicians, Bruce Cockburn. He wrote a song where he describes a nocturnal walk with a friend, and he describes the way the street lights cause the shadows to "shorten into little black pools, then elongate behind." In my painting, the setting is an alley in Hoboken, NJ. I was also inspired by a painting by Sargent that depicts a young woman walking down an alley. The architecture here reminded me of Dutch painters.

- Onelio Marrero

Shadows Shorten into Little Pools

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

18" h x 24" w x 1.2" d
1 lbs. 4 oz.



Onelio Marrero
Rockaway, New Jersey

Getting to Know Onelio

Onelio Marrero paints city scenes of everyday life. In an impressionistic style he captures the romanticism of New York City, the picturesque fountains in Central Park and the wet city streets after a rainy afternoon. His use of warm tones creates a sense of nostalgia and the feeling that you have visited or seen this particular scene before. Onelio will often paint from direct observation, or he will work from a combination of photographs and combine numerous sources into one piece. In this way his work combines reality with fantasy, creating a new story with each painting. His work captures an appreciation for beauty in all of its greatest forms; nature, art, and people.