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Having brunch with two special friends on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands early in April of 2009, I looked out towards the islands and had to memorialize that moment in time.  For those of you planning on visiting St. Thomas or those with the privilege of just driving past Red Hook to Smith Bay and turning right into the parking lot of the Sugar Bay Resort.  [A Wyndham Vacation Resort].

This painting, “Breakfast In St. Thomas” 20 x 16 acrylic on canvas was painted with a palette knife and the moment I saw the image, while at the table, I began to see it finished in my mind.   The island in the distance is Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and the beach is none other than Lindquist Beach.  Most Virgin Islanders have a pleasant memory of swimming at Lindquist Beach.  The water is so clear you can see your feet and wiggle your toes while standing neck deep in the water.  I remember the first time I went to Lindquist Beach to spend the day.  The moment I got out of my car and looked at the beach, the white sand caught my attention.  It was bright white and as I walked across the sand to the water’s edge, the feel of the soft sand cascading from my feet was a rush.

I enjoy creating paintings using the palette knife.  Each new palette painting creates a feeling within… of passion.  The sense of excitement as I begin to spread the paint across the canvas and blend the colors into a new creation is by far one of my greatest pleasures in life.


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