The Curtis Wilson Cost Gallery

Jacaranda Season, 1983

One of the cardinal rules in art is never to center anything. There are a few exceptions to the rule. It's OK to center religious symbols for instance. I had been by this scene many times and each time I made a mental note to come back and paint it. The Jacarandas had started blooming all over the Upcountry area, but not one tree came to flower like this tree. It seemed to know I was about to render it. It was as if it were saying, "All Jacarandas were made in my image."

So what else could I do? ...I centered it.

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