Wet paint * Wet Brush * Wetlands
"Sunrise over a Pristine Shoreline"
Home of the river folk
The bay at the mouth of the Luga River, near the Estonian border in Russia, has been home to fisher folk and wetland wildlife for thousands of years. With the break-up of the Soviet Union, Russia recognized the need for a new port on the Russian Baltic, since it no longer had secure access to ports in the Baltic countries nor Kaliningrad. Soon, the aromatic pine forests and sandy soil of the coast gave way to the bulldozer's blade.
Environmentalists have lamented this testiment to Russia's new and growing industrial power. As for myself, I will always remember my friends in Ust Luga, picking mushrooms in the forests and watching the sun rise over a pristine shoreline.
(This was the first ever painting of the Wetlands collection)