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97-018 "Paradise Awaits"
1997, acrylic on illustration board

This was one of several pieces I did for a dear friend of mine who spent a bit of her youth on that postage stamp in the far Pacific known as Guam. Although the island itself is small, and offers few cosmopolitan diversions, the sea is a constant playground for sailing craft. Fond of those memories, my friend inspired me to show the island at the very moment of her birth (which actually occurred elsewhere). She will not arrive for some time, but we see here a glimmering sea surrounding a waiting paradise. Astronomers may notice the perfectly horizontal glow of the milky way, including constellations such as the southern cross which are not visible to those of us in the continental USA.

Chris Butler

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