This is one of the most challenging paintings I have done on Little St. Simons Island. In this scene the open marsh immediately to the east of the forest allows an unusually low angle of sunlight to flood the understory. The jigsaw puzzle of partially backlit and silhouetted maritime vegetation—especially palmetto fronds—demanded extra attention from me to make them legible in oil paint. As much as I wanted to paint this work entirely on location, the briefness of sunrise and the complexity of the subject matter required me to complete it in the studio.
Begun on location August 2, but painted mainly in the studio – October.
February 20 - May 22, 2016
Morris Museum of Art
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
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.