And They Will Ask

Plein air artwork of the path to Shelter Cove near Pacifica on the San Mateo coast of California



Artwork Notes:

No roads in, no roads out.
Washed out 40 years ago.
Just this narrow footpath remains.

Yet they live here.
And walk this path daily.
Packing life in and out on their backs.

Even the children know who belongs and who doesn’t.

And they will ask.

If you give a wrong answer, I’m not sure what they’ll do.

Don’t give a wrong answer.

It’s a certain kind of heaven here.
But there is a certain kind of hell around the corner.
Complete with fast food and poison.

You’d keep them out too if you could.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "And They Will Ask"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 09/14/2017
Region: The California Coast > Central California > San Mateo
Road Trip: SF/San Mateo 2017

Artwork Logistics:


Parking Logistics: Questionable or Illegal Parking Required
Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Access Logitics: Private Property, Posted: No Trespassing
(Painted With Permission)
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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