People can achieve amazing things without formal training; Indian mathematician RÄmÄnujan made tremendous contributions to number theory despite being self-taught, while the Rescue Rangers made tremendous contributions to ridding the world of Fat Cat, without a degree in environmental management, or even a seasonal law enforcement certification class! Going RÄmÄnujan on urban art; Alec Huxley.
Making extensive use of the "grid method" -- the only technique he really remembers from his single mandatory high-school art class -- this some-time graphic designer/self-taught painter snaps gritty pics of Seatown's infrastructure, and turns them into high-contrast, over-sized artiness he says owes its vivid detail to the extreme patience he learned constantly moving as a kid, aka, the extreme friendlessness he learned constantly moving as a kid. AH's latest acrylics are primary color-saturated, including a muted red depiction of the shadowy alleyway behind "One Yesler Way", the black & green "I-5 Under Yesler" depicting the freeway streaked w/ headlights & an inky black sky, and one where a train is leaving the somber blue sunlight for the menacingly black "King Street Station", better known as "that one brick building across from King Street". Other stuff includes sepia-style local transport icons ranging from the lonely snow-covered train tracks in "Argo Yard", to the "Georgetown Landing" (a jet back-dropped by swirling purplish clouds), to the stark grey "Under Spokane", which refers to the the oppressive view from under the Spokane Street Bridge, rather than the oppressive idea of residing in Spokane.
The ultra-time consuming originals are pricey, but prints are available on his website, where you can also peep his photography and designs at no cost, so... you do the math.