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Tripp Harrison

“Old Bimini”

Oil, 20” x 43”

My original inspiration for this painting came from the opening words of the book “Islands in the Stream.” It spoke of tall coconut palms that were bent by the trade winds and a man named Thomas Hudson, a painter who lived on the small Bahamian island of Bimini. Of course, the book was a work of fiction by Ernest Hemmingway. But I knew Hemmingway wrote close to his life experience. As I read I began to feel that Hemmingway was in some form creating a character to which he fantasized about being. The opening words of “Islands in the Stream” along with an old black and white photograph led to early sketches that eventually became the painting “Old Bimini.”

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