Recently I fled the cold Chicago winter for a wonderful visit to Hawaii, where it is always summer. In this painting I portray the peace and beauty of a tropical garden, with its many shades of green. The white poolside chairs provide a contrast while suggesting a place to sit in respite and reflection … and also a place for me to sit and paint this artwork en plein air. In painting this scene I combine realism with elements of abstract patterns through my use of strong dark lines to emphasize shapes, like the palm trees surrounding the pool. Looking at the beauty of nature in this art creates a peaceful mood.
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Oil on canvas board