|The inspiration for City Lights began some time ago during a visit to New York in January. While in Manhattan for a showing of my paintings, friends of ours took Debbie and I to the roof of their apartment building for a bird's eye view of the city. It was after midnight and very cold. Snow was softly falling, and I remember the sky being lit up from the city lights reflecting off the low hanging clouds. It was an alluring scene and made an indelible impression on me.