Growing Up by the Water, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 24"x30"
Born in Gloucester, Mass, I grew up by the water. Everyone in Gloucester does, whether your home is on a waterway or not. The water, the North Atlantic ocean, the river and broad marshes can be seen from every rise in the land. Most of the residents walk the beach, the back shore, the Boulevard or some other outdoor area frequently. Most celebrations in Gloucester are centered on the water and many of the inhabitants derive their living from the sea or in some related area.
Growing up by the water in Florida is a little different. The water in the Everglades is slow moving and filled with alarming creatures, at least if you are from New England you think they are alarming. (To me an alligator is much more alarming than, say, a seal.) The moods of the water are different, too, and so is the light.
I've painted this mangrove several times over the last 20 years. It started out very small, but has grown, and now has a shy baby of it's own.