This is a painting I hadn't seen in ages, it's about ten years old or more. It was part of a series of surfing paintings that I enjoyed working on so much. I can date the painting in a concrete way: it was before iPhones. So this painting went out in the world without a good photograph for me to keep. Now that I was able to see it again I at last have a photo.
Painting landscapes with figures in them was a source of interest and still is---usually I do like figures in a landscape more than an empty landscape. Lots of people don't like figures in a landscape at all. When I showed this series to the gallery I was in at that time they weren't accepted. "People don't like paintings with people in them." I know that isn't true, I knew then it wasn't true. What that gallerist really meant was that he hadn't had experience selling landscapes with figures. But I think that's normal. It seems that we tend to judge most everything through the lens of our experience, and maybe that's why older people are so much wiser, and younger people are so much more open.