Joey Smollon Outsider Art "When Sleep Will Not Come". Oil on board. With pencil inscription verso. Sight size: 19 x 23 inches. Joey Smollon grew up in Washington Heights in New York City, the memories of which are the subject of most of his paintings. He painted sporadically throughout his life, creating dreamy landscapes that belied the turmoil in his life. In the mid-90s, traveling from Pennsylvania, his car broke down in Lakeland; with little money, he stayed and began painting again. At this time Smollon painted from memory: the Depression, NYC, the Merchant Marines, romances. In this painting he returned to his childhood during the Depression, recalling a time when churches and other charitable organizations became increasingly important as places for comfort and basic needs.