Merritt Island, Florida
24.000 x 18.000 x 1.000 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
My mother and I used to spend a lot of time at Biscayne Bay. She had a home a couple miles away from there. We walked her dog along the beach. We took boat rides, on occasion. Sometimes, we had a picnics there. My sons loved to swim there as small children. I have so many memories....mostly happy ones of that lovely place.
When she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, I moved into her home and took care of her. When she could, we took walks at Biscayne Bay still. When she couldn't walk anymore, we would take slow drives around there. She often sat and watched me paint. As I painted this one en plein air, I felt sad and lonely. I believe that it might show in the lone mangrove tree. I hoped to show strength and beauty, too. Mangrove trees are sometimes called "walking trees" because of the way that they grow their roots laterally. Many of the islands in this area are formed by mangrove trees. Debris collects in their roots. Other trees surround them. Sea creatures and fish use the roots as a nursery. They are important to the ecosystem of the area.
Sadly, a friend of mine bought this painting the day I painted it. She died of cancer less than a year later, too. The feelings of loss are strong in me when I think of this painting. The gentle feeling of love as for both my mother and my friend are there. There are all kinds of feelings that went into this relatively simple painting. It is all the cycle of life and....death...just like the walking tree.
February 27th, 2013
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