This painting was a huge honor to create. Not only was it exciting and challenging to fit all of the historic symbols of Florida, but I also loved the fact that it was a very special, and thoughtful gift from a sister to her brother, and the brother just so happens to be Harvey E. Oyer III. If you have children in Elementary school here in Florida, you will no doubt learn about him soon, as your child embarks on a journey through Florida history while reading "The Adventures of Charlie Pierce."
These books are used for 4th grade reading throughout several counties, and after voraciously tearing through one of them to prepare for this commission, I know why. They are incredible, historical accounts of places that we all know and love, in a time that many of us know nothing about. Some of the stories have been passed down through five generations, because Oyer is actually the great-grand nephew of Charlie Pierce himself! Each subject in the Painting represents one of the books that he has written: "The American Jungle," "The Last Egret," "The Last Calusa," and his newest addition, "The Barefoot Mailman."
Again, it was such an honor and great pleasure to work on something like this, and to have had the opportunity to learn more about our history through such an entertaining page-turner. I actually purchased one for my jupiter history buff friend, and all four for my son, (he may be far from reading age yet) but I know he will thoroughly enjoy them one day! Check out the book series website here, and learn more about the author.
Thank you, Christian, for trusting me to make something special for your brother to commemorate his amazing works.
Carly Mejeur is a floridian artist, inspired by her ocean hobbies and travels. This Blog is for news, events, and just for fun. Click here for the artist's Bio.