This painting was inspired by hiking along the water’s edge at Playa (beach) Panamá, in the northwest Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. I’ve always been a fan of smaller secluded beaches, and Playa Panamá fits the bill. Also, it’s very close to a bit of a larger beach with more people – Playa Hermosa, which is also very nice.
Did you know that Guanacaste is one of the so-called Blue Zones where, in general, people live healthy lives and often live to very old age? I never knew this while I lived there as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but found out years later! People live life outdoors and in community, and in general, have a pretty simple, healthy diet.
This painting shows two paths of footprints in the sand, meandering next to each other along a long expanse of sand on a deserted tropical beach!
The scene in this painting is from Playa Panamá, on the Pacific coast of northwest Costa Rica.
Many of my paintings carry a history with them, a story embedded in the image. Oftentimes I’m not sure how much to share of each, as they are personal, and I can tend to get stuck on words. Additionally, I’d like for them to be universal, in that anyone can enjoy and connect with the art.
I thought I’d share a bit of this one, in the form of a poem.
While I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, I visited neighboring Nicaragua with my wife (then girlfriend), who was visiting me from the U.S.
My wife’s father is from Nicaragua, so we went to see the extended family in the capital of Managua. Before going to Managua, we visited the coastal town of San Juan del Sur.
While Costa Rica and Nicaragua are similar in many ways and also have a little rivalry going (both claim to be the creators of the “gallo pinto” dish), I never did see women carrying things on their heads in Costa Rica, but saw this many times in Nicaragua!
We had a memorable trip and I look forward to visiting again and seeing more beaches, such as Miramar on the Pacific, or Corn Island on the Caribbean side.
Currently I’m working on a painting of a sunset over the water in San Juan del Sur.
Potomac River Hiking
The other day we went for a walk along the nearby Potomac River. After a cold winter, Spring is in full bloom here.
I got a few photos that I’ll also soon be painting!
Adventure in Playa Panama, Costa Rica
Playa Panama is in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, along the northwest Pacific coast.
It’s a tranquil alternative to nearby Playa Hermosa, a popular beach among locals and tourists.
A few friends and I visited both beaches, and took an adventuresome route from Playa Panama nearly all the way back to Playa Hermosa a couple miles away. We decided to walk/climb/crawl along the waters edge between the two beaches.