Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Starfish on the fence, and Dawning, painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Dawning, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 12x16

How would you describe the image above.  A channel?  A passage? A time of day or a time of life?  A state of nature, or a state of imagination?

Does it come from the confrontational nature of the Everglades saw grass, higher than my head in places and full of hidden mystery, or from a place deep in my soul,
Probably both.  I'm not sure, but the image has repeated in several manifestations and colors and sizes and variations.  Every time I think I've painted the last of it, another one bubbles up and I keep painting.

A series? Only time will tell. They name themselves, too.  Creepy! 

And a true ArtWalk story.....

The starfish postcard went home with a lovely couple.  Another couple, also lovely, wanted the starfish.  Really wanted the starfish.  The two couples got in touch and discussed it.  Cocktails might have been involved.  Discussions. Considerations.  Offers. 

Two couples on opposite sides of the political fence.  Couple one was happy to give up the starfish, under one condition, and one condition only. 

The starfish would be turned over for the promise of the change of a vote.  Deal?  No, no deal!  The starfish is still firmly in the hands of the first!  

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