I kept my nickel-plated Smith and Wesson tucked away in my Louis Vuitton messenger bag… next to my sketchbook. It was a hot day in the wild wild west Dallas Design District. I stood outside a gallery door, staring down an empty street. A pair of vultures rode lazy thermals against a blue-domed sky.
As I approached the end of the causeway, my windshield began to fog from the salt spray. I rolled down my window and breathed it in. I had entered a new world, one of waves and tides and endlessness.
I stepped off the boat and ventured down the pier. A man sat at the end, whittling what looked like some kind of Mayan figurine. He was tan and sinewy. Head shaven, he had handsome, chiseled features... A soft, earthy scent lingered in his skin as the island breeze swept sprays of salt water across our bodies. He gently kissed me on the top of my head and pulled me closer.
Happy Mardi Gras
saltscrubbed watercolor on paper with sequins
Standing at the corner of Decatur and Esplanade, my head began to spin. I pressed my Louis Vuitton Messenger Bag close against my body with one hand and clutched my plastic cup of wine with the other, then started weaving through the dense streets as I made my way toward a glimmer of comfort.
saltscrubbed watercolor, acrylic, and goache on canvas
watercolor and goache on canvas
I took a deep breath and accepted all of the beauty that surrounded me. As I approached the summit, I looked out upon the Texas hill country. I was as close to the heavens as I could be.
saltscrubbed watercolor on canvas
Love Affair Between Georgia O'Keeffe and Alexander McQueen
acrylic on canvas