"Fortified" 11x14, Oil, (Sold). Of all the intrigue at Fort Pickens, I marched to the top of the hill and captured the simplest of scenes. Of all the parks around Pensacola, it is the kingpin. The history of these brick arches spans from pre-Civil War times, and includes tales of the Union and Confederate armies battling between island and mainland. It's walls served as a prison for the famed Indian medicine-man and warrior: Geronimo!
When Hurricane Ivan took out the road to Fort Pickens, our painting group went out by boat. The week they reopened the park, May '09, is when I laid the foundation for this painting. It's the rare instance where I took the same canvas out to work on it again. Although the season and time of day were different, the impression I set out to capture remained the same.
A surprise showed up in this boat pic. "Hey, that's Jane and the new guy down there." As I exited the park, I had stopped to admire their watercolor work.