On a slightly-cooler morning last week, Elaenia pondered pine cones, how each has its own texture. And I thought about the pine trees and sabal palmetto in the morning light and reflected on the Highwaymen painters.
One of the original Highwaymen artists, John Maynor, would build up his trees with a palette knife to add texture. Maynor preferred to paint landscapes in the bright fire hues of sunset, but below the oranges and blues, the trees stand out in their own light.
Although Maynor, a protege of Livingston Roberts, “was not quite as well-known as some of the other Highwaymen painters,” according to a February, 2016 obituary at TCPalm newspaper, he was prolific, painting at his home just off Avenue D in Fort Pierce every day.