AGAINST THE GRAIN
Acrylic and newspaper on canvas, 48 x 30 in., 2007
framed in a newspaper flyer about Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, varnished
This painting is about the trees at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West, FL. The Park Service was cutting down Australian Pines because they claimed that the trees were an invasive species. Citizens of Key West protested because the trees have harmlessly provided shade and cooler temperatures for over 50 years. It was believed that the State Park Service was commercializing the park.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy Park located next to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park remains filled with Australian Pines.