Post-Apocalypto is from my Enviro series. Each of these began with a finished painting I found in a thrift store or garage sale that was glued to the surface of the larger painting. The palette and style of the original determined the color of the finished painting. In this case the painter was clearly influenced by Bob Ross of PBS fame because there are a lot of “happy trees.”
Each of these paintings also includes some oblique nod to environmental issues and how ubiquitous (and unnoticed) degradation and pollution are. In Post-Apocalypto the color itself seems a little toxic and there is a discarded tire in sand at the right.
The children are the artist and her brothers Paul and Gary. The painting is continued onto the sides and is not meant to be framed. The other painter’s “Adkins” signature can be seen under the palm tree.
24 x 24 x 1.75, oil on wood panel, 2008
Post-Apocalypto 24 x 24 x 1.75, oil & collage on panel, 2008