When I went to school, the center of the universe was a stand of palm trees.
In the center of the New College of Florida campus is a courtyard with 24 enormous royal palms where you could sit and watch the world go by or dance the night away at a party. We used to have these Palm Court Parties - PCPs (now called Center of the Universe Parties - COUPs) which involved days and days of preparation, with themes, costumes and artists (like me) painting murals, with music so loud that my ears are still ringing (literally).
I'd sit on the low wall around the plaza watching the days go by.
I have many fond memories of daydreaming in Palm Court, dancing at walls (the smaller Palm Court parties), running into friends. I danced with my wife there - damn, she's a good dancer - and made a mural comparing Popeye's Chicken to God.
I kinda love royal palms.
These trees look like some amalgam of concrete pillars and nature. It's really crazy that they can actually survive.
And I enjoy painting them.
What's great about a palm tree is how expressive the fronds are. They bend elegantly with the wind and look at any time like they might fall to the ground.
This painting is a gift to New College
All sales will go to the school to help support students.
New College is this crazy tiny innovative liberal arts school that is part of the Florida public university system. As a student, you get to choose every element of your program and, more importantly (at least for me), you set your own standards. It's actually worth reading their mission statement.
Anyway, after successfully selling my company and getting a chance to follow my passion, I've been thinking a lot about my background and how I ended up the person that I am, and really, the experience at New College was a large part of it.
The actual print is beautiful.
I am so excited about the quality of these prints. It's uncanny how they capture all the nuance and subtle coloration of the original. People who have seen these prints cannot believe that they are not looking at an original. It's not a poster, but rather a full representation of my vision.
I use a top-of-the-line Epson printer with pigment ink that is tested to last 200 years. I print on Hahnemühle German Etching all-cotton archival 310 g/mA Paper.
Each print is numbered and signed by me.
The original size of the painting is 20" x 14" so to get closer to the original, I recommend the larger size, but we're also offering a smaller more affordable version.