We traveled to St. Kitts, British West Indies this summer and discovered a ruggedly beautiful & largely secluded island. The terrain changes drastically as you drive north to south– like, desert-to-rain-forest-drastic. What drew us there was a little open-air cottage on the very south tip of the island with its own secluded beach & view of sister island Nevis from every window. It was pure magic.
This painting is of a majestic Bismarck Palm that greets you as you enter through the gate to the cottage drive. I started to notice them all over the island– they’re hard to miss with their huge, silvery leaves which are so rigid they look almost architectural. We’d probably driven past this one 10 times before I stopped to take a photo. It was late afternoon & the sun was low enough to shine through the crown, casting shadows from one leaf onto another, creating intricate patterns of spines, branches, shadows & sunlight.