Stick with what you love

UPDATE: THE RECEPTION FOR THIS EXHIBIT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!

JOIN US FRIDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 5-7PM, AT THE HERMITAGE LOBBY, 151 7TH ST S, ST PETE

The first time I saw San Francisco was from the window of an airplane. Thick clouds hung suspended over the city and above them was bright blue sky. When I walked out of the airport, the crisp, cool air was so refreshing from the humid summer I had left behind in Mississippi. It was September 2011, and I was there to explore the coastline. I drove the Pacific Coast Highway over the course of a week and photographed the landscape as I traveled. The photos from that trip were the start of a series of large-scale paintings which I would spend the next six years creating.

During my time in California, I fell in love with the rugged coastline, the steep and immense views, the sound of the crashing waves, the deep color of the water, and especially the fog. The fog quiets the atmosphere and softens appearances. It became a fascination of mine to represent the fog as I had experienced it.

It took years to finish all five of the paintings I set out to create because, well, life takes its turns. But my focus kept returning to this work and to my goal of seeing them completed and exhibited together. And, as of the past month, I am proud to say that I have finished the fifth painting, the one shown here. And if that weren't enough to celebrate, I have also come upon an opportunity to exhibit the complete series through October.

Pictured below is "Big Sur II," as seen in the spacious and modern lobby of the Hermitage Apartment Homes at 151 7th Street South in St. Petersburg. Join me at the reception to toast this milestone in my journey and see the paintings in person.

I look forward to creating more images of the places I love. Thanks to Creative Pinellas, the Morean Arts Center, and the Hermitage for helping to make this possible.

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