School Days

Spring 2009 - Volume 13 Number 2

"School Days"

48 x 48"

Acrylic on canvas

By Josh Schechtel, MD

Josh Schechtel, MD, is a hospital-based Pediatrician and Chief of Professional Staff Education at the Oakland Medical Center in Oakland, CA. He has been drawing, designing gardens, and fabricating tile mosaics for many years and started painting about two years ago. Dr Schechtel says that his streetscapes attempt to address the interaction between the geological forces that have created the topography of San Francisco: the plants and other natural elements of the environment, and the roads and buildings that humans have constructed on it. Although none of these elements are unique to San Francisco, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a unique sense of place, and it is this synergy that fascinates him. These relationships are not always comfortable or easy. They contain many compromises and awkward situations, which make it a more interesting, vibrant place to work.


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