"These apartments are actually downtown, but I always thought they'd be better in the tranquil setting of the sea," Mitchell says of his inspiration for this painting. "I used to pass them every day on my way to some place that I can't remember anymore; The Solarium Apartments became much more important over time." It's the places that we pass in our daily lives that become invisible through reputation and we don't really see them anymore. Mitchell suggests looking more closely at these sights the next time. "Those are the scenes and places that are the most important later on in life."

- Mitchell Freifeld

Solariums by the Sea

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

Signed on front and back

50" h x 35" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 8 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.