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“You a cop!” shouted the girl, as I took a photograph of the Wonder Lodge.

 

She was all of eighteen or nineteen, with disheveled dyed hair–auburns and blonds matted together. 



“I’m not a cop,” I explained to her.

She looked at me even more confused.

 

“So then why are you taken’ a picture of this ole’ motel?” she said in a curious, yet, indignant manner.



It was a good question. Why would anyone but the police or demolitionists be interested in this derelict building? It was a run-down and decrepit motel off 4th Street in downtown Reno, after all.



“I like the look of these old motel signs,” I said. ”You can find them all around Reno. I like the 50s and 60s look of them.”



The girl approached and stood next to me.  She reeked of cigarettes.

 

She got a good view of the sign from my perspective and exclaimed, “I guess there is a certain amount of nostalgia in these old motel signs.” She paused for a moment. ”Just don’t go into any of the rooms.” She gave a sharp laugh and walked away.  

Lake in the Sky
Lake in the Sky

Available, Contact Artist Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

A View of Downtown Reno from West 4t
A View of Downtown Reno from West 4t

Available, Contact Artist Collage: Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 6″x9″)

Wild West Show
Wild West Show

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
The Lone Ranger and Tonto #1

Available, Contact Artist Sumi Ink on Water Color and Coffee Grounds (2012, 6″x9″)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto #2
The Lone Ranger and Tonto #2

Available, Contact Artist Sumi Ink on Water Color and Coffee Grounds (2012, 6″x9″)

Welcoming Sign
Welcoming Sign

Available, Contact Artist Collage: Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

Nice, France
Nice, France

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Cityscape
Cityscape

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Ziggy Stardust
Ziggy Stardust

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8 on Fourth
8 on Fourth

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We Speak German… Sprichst du Deutsch
We Speak German… Sprichst du Deutsch

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Phở
Phở

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Phoenix
Phoenix

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Story of Rama
Story of Rama

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Cigarrette Breathe
Cigarrette Breathe

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Painting the Sands
Painting the Sands

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The Old 40
The Old 40

Private Collection Collage: Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

The O.K. Corral
The O.K. Corral

Private Collection Sumi Ink on Water Color and Coffee Grounds (2012, 6″x9″)

Urban Oasis
Urban Oasis

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Серце (Heart)
Серце (Heart)

Private Collection 1 of 2, Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)

Серце (Heart)
Серце (Heart)

Private Collection 2 of 2, Sumi Ink on Water Color (2011, 9″x6″)

5 Acres for Sale
5 Acres for Sale

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Fading Star
Fading Star

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Plastic Flamingos
Plastic Flamingos

Private Collection Sumi Ink on Water Color and Cranberry Juice (2012, 6″x9″)

Tahoe on 4th
Tahoe on 4th

Private Collection Sumi Ink on Water Color (2011, 6″x9″)

Collage
Collage

Private Collection Collage: Sumi Ink on Water Color (2012, 9″x6″)