Where Mosquito Creek reaches the ocean, landscapes collide. This is perhaps the most dynamic and scenic location on Little St. Simons Island. From the first evening I set foot there, I knew I would be returning again and again. There was so much there to study: the bend of the creek emerging from the marshes; the dune fields that rise and erode on either side of it; the sweeping views of empty island and ocean; the drifts of muhly grass, sea oats, and gulf croton; and, of course, the dramatic sea-side skies.
I made my first attempts to familiarize myself with some of these elements with two very quick studies in 2011. First, during the summer I made a quick sketch of the creek at sunset, followed in October by an equally brief study in which I tried to remember the color of the muhly grass as the light faded.
It was on that October evening that I found the composition for Mosquito Creek Sunset. Here, muhly grass and wax myrtles grow on a sand dune that formed roughly thirty years before on the edge of the open beach. Now, the beach has moved almost two hundred yards to the east, allowing non-beach plants like muhly grass to colonize the open sands of this ever-changing creekside location.
– adapted from The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island, Philip Juras, UGA Press, 2016.
Studio painting – March.
February 20 - May 22, 2016
Morris Museum of Art
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
April 27 - May 9, 2012
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2016 exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia, and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia. Contributors include: Philip Juras, essay and artwork; Wendy Paulson, foreword; Kevin Grogan, introduction; Dorinda Dallmeyer, essay; and Janice Simon, essay. Published by the University of Georgia Press, 2016.