The Secret Garden (Central Park)

The Secret Garden (Central Park)

Joan Menschenfreund 

I was born and raised in New York and have lived on the Upper West Side for over 50 years. The diversity, and beauty of the parks are often a part of my paintings. I explore how color and light during night and day and the different seasons affect my feelings, which I try to translate into my work. I love landscapes, including the animals that surround me, and personal, familiar spaces that I know very well. During these last years of Covid, I have stayed close to home and become even more familiar with these scenes. I have discovered so much and I hope my paintings show my newfound respect for the “ordinary”…which is never really ordinary. Contact: to see more.

The Secret Garden (Central Park), 2019

Artist – Joan Menschenfreund
Medium – Watercolor on Paper
Size – 14″ high x 10″ wide



A beautiful and graceful bronze statue in the Conservatory Garden that is a joy to behold. And the birds love it as well.


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