Oil on Linen, 54″ x 96″
Marc and Carolina met me at the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas a couple of years ago. She wanted an inspirational painting for their living room and envisioned a sunrise above a tropical mountain range in her beloved native country – Colombia, South America. After looking through numerous photos, she selected a beautiful sunrise and the Antioquia Mountain Range near Medellín.
Upon delivery, the painting was installed in their living room but later relocated above their stairway by just the two of them, feeling it had better visibility. What a feat!! When asked how they did it alone, Carolina replied, “It took us three hours and ladders and a lot of understanding and control.”
Here is the “rest of the story”.
William worked very hard for weeks designing and building a cargo container to sit on top of our Honda Odyssey to accommodate this 4.5′ x 8′ painting for its road trip from Phoenix to Dallas, Texas. He thought through everything he could to make it travel worthy and aerodynamic. He even designed and welded a metal frame upon which this container would sit with both parts attached to the vehicle’s roof rack. It was a beautifully designed and built cargo container, lined with indoor/outdoor carpeting.
What we did not expect was to be driving through the worst thunderstorm in El Paso I have ever encountered in the 20 some years of doing art shows in Texas!! William was anxious the entire container would fly off the car. I was scared the painting would get wet, be ruined and there would be hailstone damage to our vehicle. We were very fortunate the hail stones that hit us were the size of marbles. We later heard another area close to El Paso was hit by softball sized hail!!
All of our anxieties were wiped away when William pulled the painting out of the cargo container for the owners’ first viewing, outside their Dallas home. Their glorious response was, “we love it, it’s perfect!”. To witness their heart-warming reaction was worth all I had experienced in creating the painting, William’s work in building the cargo container and the harrowing drive through the extreme thunderstorm in the El Paso area.