If asked to imagine an artist who has painted traffic, trains, and trolleys everyday for three years straight, you might picture a fellow surrounded by history books, obsessively counting every rivet to create faithful reproductions of his subject.
That artist would not be William Dubin.
Don't get me wrong. Mr. Dubin does indeed obsess over the tiniest of details. In fact, his level of dedication, if mis-applied, could have served him well as some kind of super villain. However, the details that he concerns himself with are not mechanical, rather Dubin is obsessed with capturing the precise atmosphere of his subject. He is very careful to make this curve of metal bend the light properly, and to render that oncoming headlight with the proper glow. The goal of each painting is to serve as a sort of visual diary – a memory of a time, place, and experience. That his personal visual diary has become highly regarded by art patrons is of course gratifying, but painting for the public's consumption has never been, nor will it ever be, a driving force behind this artist's creative process.
I have had the very unique pleasure of watching this body of work progress over the last few years, sometimes slowly, sometimes at frightening speed. To have so closely observed this growth has been an experience that I sincerely wish you, the reader, could have taken with me. It is my hope that in publishing this volume, I can share a bit of that experience. -Nathan Saxton
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