Florida used to be a drowsy laid back state.
Well, maybe that description doesn’t include Miami, but back in the mid 1900’s, Florida was place to rest and dream.
Then Disney came to Orlando and the tourist boom really took off. The state became home to the dreary and uninspired strip mall, one after the other. Much of the landscape changed and not necessarily for the better.
But there are still places where ‘old Florida’ exists and if you can block out the modern when you look, you’ll find it everywhere. Especially in the state’s wild and beautiful marshes.
I am lucky that my community has a beautiful nature trail that borders one of these marshes. It is a constant source of wonder – at least for me! The way it changes throughout the year is amazing – not only the flora but the fauna as well.
This painting is based on part of that nature trail. It is an early morning in late Autumn and the marsh grasses have gone golden. Many of the bushes are bare and twiggy after flowering late in the season. Even the gators seem to be sleeping!
Oil | 22 x 20 inches on ACM Panel | Unframed