Drawing inspiration from the paintings of Edward Hopper, Richard Tuschman’s series “Hopper Meditations”evokes the moody color palettes, cityscape backdrops, and solitary female characters that are signature elements in Hopper’s paintings. Tuschman explains, “I wanted to do a series of staged figurative narratives, somehow connected to past art, but also something I could take ownership of. The sets are all painted dollhouse size dioramas that I built and photographed in my studio. A lot of the furniture is standard dollhouse furniture, but some I made myself. I photographed the models against a plain backdrop, and then made the digital composites in Photoshop. This method gives me a great deal of control over every aspect of the process, and I can do it all in my small studio”.