As a young boy and through out the years, I have always been fascinated with the culture and landscape of Africa, due in part by the excitement of seeing Tarzan swing from a vine and overcome the hardships of life in the wild (in the early Johnny Weissmuller movies of the 1930s and 1940s).
The older I get, the more I sense an appreciation for the slow pace of life as it existed and the absence of mass populations when I was a boy. When I see the vast plains of nature and the simple beauty therein, my thoughts prompt me to confess that I wish I were there. Seemingly, there exists peace and tranquility in the African Serengeti and the Australian Outback, and places of that nature. Both paintings attempt to express a sense of peace and contentment.