Mary Time

One of my favorite childhood past times growing up in North Texas spending ample time at the lake during the summer. My grandparents had a Sea Ray with an interior cabin that they docked at a Lake Texoma marina and they would drive out to the lake every single weekend and stay for the entire weekend. (As the name suggests, Lake Texoma borders both Texas and Oklahoma.) The marina folks, who also spent their weekends on their boats, were some of the most interesting, sometimes lavish and gregarious people I had ever met. I met some local celebrities with the most gorgeous boats I'd ever seen. Some of the lake goers played poker.. and some of the women even smoked cigars, an act I'd never witnessed.  There was an island about a mile from the marina, and every Saturday and Sunday during the summer, friends old and new would show up to the sandy beach and tie up. When I started getting older, I'd take my friends with me and we'd lay atop the sundeck of Nana and Papa's boat and layout out on the beach all day long, which would always result in a sunburn for me. Their boat, "Mary Time" was named after my grandmother, Mary and this suitable play on words inspired this painting. 

When I turned 22, I bought my own boat, which had a cuddy cabin for sleeping overnight. It was bright yellow and we named it the "Yellow Submarine". We'd drive the boat up from Fort Worth (about an hours drive) and spend weekends at the lake with my grandparents and their extended family, just as when I was a kid. 

This 36 x 60" acrylic painting is painted on 2" cradled birchwood with the sides painted white, ready to hang with or without a frame. It is available at Sozo Gallery's Spring Show in Charlotte, NC until March 31, 2019 (or until sold). 

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