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Buunni Coffee/Pinehurst Ave: Local Artist Francis Hsueh

January 14

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 4 days that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 31, 2022

Excited to share our first Buunni artist feature of 2022! Introducing Francis Hsueh @francis.h.sketches whose beautiful watercolors are up at Buunni Pinehurst through January!

We had a chance to ask Francis a few questions. Read on below to learn more about him and his art practice.
🔸 Tell us a bit about your work and where you draw inspiration from.
Through my artwork, I love to document the beauty of our surroundings, especially our neighborhood Washington Heights, and to find compelling scenes that might easily be overlooked. A few years ago, I began sketching fellow subway passengers in my sketchbook every day. Using a black brush pen helped me gain confidence to draw on the spot and to work with my mistakes. My Etsy shop is called “SubwaySketcher” because of that period. Eventually, I started coloring my ink sketches with watercolor paints, which led to larger pieces. I began posting my paintings at the start of the pandemic and haven’t stopped. I like the unforgiving yet merciful qualities of watercolor, and I’m still learning how to control it and when to relinquish control. It’s so easy to make a mistake with watercolor, and that can be its own charm if you just let it be. Sometimes a picture will paint itself!
🔸As you know, one of the core values of Buunni Coffee is community. What does community mean to you?
Community means many things to me. I’ve found community where I share spiritual and/or cultural bonds with others. When community arises unexpectedly, it’s a special joy, like how neighbors helped each other during the pandemic shutdown. My art has also connected with me with a community of folks who love this neighborhood. I’ve received so many encouraging notes from residents or former residents of the neighborhood, telling me how my art made them nostalgic for a familiar scene, or how it soothed them during the worst of the pandemic.
🔸What is your favourite Buunni drink?
I really like the Macchiato! My wife and I also buy bags of beans, alternating between the House Blend and the Harrar so we can brew at home.

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