Friday, January 7, 2011

Backcountry Pines

Backcountry Pines
12"x16", 2011; framed as viewed
An original oil painting on hand-gessoed hardboard; professionally framed and ready to hang..
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This scene depicts a typical Florida savanna landscape with a solitary pine stand.
This region of coastal Florida has attracted artists forever... and is home to many artist groups and communities.  The area is a wildlife artist’s dream: to paint in secluded exotic and pristine ecosystems teeming with tropical flora and fauna... and is my new challenge for a series of larger studio paintings… as we are just upriver from where the famous Florida Highwaymen lived and painted in a style sometimes referred to as the Indian River School.

I live very near to the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, a designated American Byway that crosses nearby rivers and continues along the Atlantic Ocean; through ancient oak and palm canopies breaking into cypress swamps, lakes, hardwood hammocks, salt marshes, and estuaries - home to many tropical birds and wildlife species.

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