Goodbye İzmir, Hello Ankara

Mineke Reinders Izmir Watercolors Wall Display

After 15 small, semi-daily paintings featuring scenes from İzmir, I consider that series complete for now. I’ve moved on to Ankara, the Turkish capital, where I spent considerably more time. Fourteen years ago, I spent a semester there with my family, and I went back several times for exhibits and to visit.

It’s still a place I consider home. Back in 2006, the old citadel of Ankara and its surrounding neighborhood called Ulus ignited my imagination and my creative aspirations, and though I’ve been drawn to other places as well, I only have to look through my photographs of Ankara to feel that excitement again.

The image above shows the line-up of the latest İzmir paintings on my wall. You can view the first of the Ankara series in the Small Works section of my webshop.

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