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magical realism, green environment, fanciful characters


"Reaching for Eden" was begun during the summer of 2001. It's one of my last paintings exploring the character of Barbara as an individual. She and her playmates are now inside an imaginary environment. Barbara is “the guarded one”. A jungle appears when Joanna, my daughter describes her playground, “as a jungle out there”. Ragain's responsive poem "All Fall Down" reveal the ominous atmosphere of the painting.