“What Lies Behind”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019


Lifestyles of the rich and famous. Movie stars. Music icons. The just plain wealthy. It’s a rare day for an artist like me to walk through the gates that lead to this little slice of paradise. I had to paint fast because my host for the day was only surfing for an hour or so, and I didn’t want to keep him waiting around. The gate had a padlock on it that had to be unlocked weather going or coming. If he were to leave, I would be locked in. Trapped, with nothing but my paint gear, a bottle of water, and a granola bar. Could be worse I suppose, but the rich and famous can be pretty snooty. I was releived to make it back to the van without incident. Oh, and at least one of these rich and famous folks has no clue what they’ve done in planting bamboo in the bare ground in the little gully along the access path behind the gate. Give it time. It will win. But on the bright side, I’ve watched Gilligan’s Island and happen to know that nearly anything you can think of can be made out of bamboo, so there is that to look forward to. Ginger will be right at home.

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