When I began this painting in situ on February 2, 2014, the island, and indeed the region in general, had finally experienced a wet year after many years of drought. In fact, the winter had been particularly rainy. It was wonderful to see what had been a dry swale for so long recreated as a verdant slough beneath the sunlit boughs of ancient live oaks.
Begun on location but finished primarily in the studio, May 2014. This painting, and its drier companion, Lizard’s Tail, hang in the living room of LSSI’s Lodge.
The location depicted can be accessed via LSSI’s Old House Trail. (Google Maps: 31.268333, -81.301028)
February 20 - May 22, 2016
Morris Museum of Art
July 9 - September 11, 2016
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island
Little 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.