Fifteen Baguettes

30"x40"

acrylic on canvas

"out in front of the local market is where all of the real action is. a bulletin board of advertising which obviously requires no permit. so it struck me to see the stained, ochre wall matched perfectly with the freshly stacked baguettes close by and the glass window reflecting the coast behind."

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Black Coast Sands

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"its unusual to see the water creep up the coast of the black sands. the color of the beach is muted until the water is siphoned out and the grains crystallize into a mirror like finish and this repeats as the tide always will."

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Bungalow

36"x48"

acrylic on canvas

"what drives us to be close to the water? the mountains in the distance watch over us while the waves lull us to sleep at night. in these private bungalows, i'm sure it has to do with sliding out of bed, down the hatch in the corner of the room and into the morning ocean."

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Moorea Funeral House

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"the thatched huts measured approximately 15 feet by 20 feet and were beautifully constructed. the roof pitches were steep, the structural timber frame was heavy and the bamboo skin was tightly bound. massive stones are stacked vertically in rows at the water's edge. a sudden rain drove me inside for a few minutes and gave me time to really get comfortable looking at those large rocks."

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Motu Taxi

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"a motu is basically a very small island and getting to them takes a boat and about thirty minutes. there are literally hundreds of these small islands that circle around these polynesian islands forming shallow lagoons. and that's the best part because the boat ride takes you across these lagoons where the water is electrified with color."

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"P.T." - Public Transportation

24"x24"

acrylic on canvas

"similar to our own bus system, these open air trucks moved the population from one end of the island to the other. three, long benches in the back with a pass through to the driver's cab. the rates are posted above, although i never saw any money exchanged. the only true difference was that the driver knew where everyone lived and would drop each local at their front doorstep. this was great and all but it sure does make the bus ride a lot longer."

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The Day's Catch

30"x48"

acrylic on canvas

"like americans and the automobile, it seems every tahitian has a boat. finding a place to park it is another matter."

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Toothpick Palmfields

24"x36"

acrylic on canvas

"the abundance of tall, slender palm trees were prevalent everywhere you looked. stripped bare at the base, the trunks swayed in the breeze. each one had a character of its own and a story to tell. the coconuts fell out of the palms with regularity, although i wish it were that easy getting them open."

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Vanilla Bean

12"x12"

acrylic on canvas

"there is a small vanilla plantation off the coast of bora bora where the locals have been producing the crop for generations. a quick day trip and we were back in the boat with a hourglass shaped jar full of the moist, fragrant beans. i opened the jar and held them in my hand. the beans had a soft, fleshy texture and looked like they had been soaking in motor oil forever."

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Parisan Hemp Sail

36"x48"

acrylic on canvas

"imagine the will it takes to carve your very own sailing vessel. molding the local tree into a streamlined boat andstained with a caramel glaze. but that is only the half of it, as this modest frenchman was also responsible for crafting the sail which pushed us through the clear waters of the lagoon."

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Street Side Fish Stand

12"x12"

acrylic on canvas

"on our way into town we passed by several street side ?sh stands. it was all in a day's work for the fisherman.andthey smiled back at the rows of fish, tail tied on a stick and stacked on the table. the occasional harassment of flies did not seem to offend the buyers who were picking up dinner for their family."

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