Before painting this Hyacinth Macaw, I researched their natural habitat, and learned about the special kind of tree they like to live in. That way, at least in this painting, I was able to return this macaw to his true home!
I lived in South Florida for fifteen years; for ten of those years, I was lucky enough to live within walking distance of this beautiful bay. It is most beautiful at dawn.
I photographed this incredible sunset back in 1985, from the back balcony of my apartment in Santa Cruz, CA. And in the years that followed, whenever I ran across that photograph, I kept thinking, “I must do a painting of that one…”
The place pictured is Capt. Tony’s Saloon, “…The Oldest Bar in Florida, the First and Original Sloppy Joe’s”. Ernest Hemingway used to hang out there. It was the nastiest, blackest, most smoke-encrusted HOLE I’d ever seen… and these two looked right at home.