Perusing Paintings at the A.E. Backus Museum in Ft. Pierce, FL
The gallery is small but intense with verdant landscapes and seascapes adorning the walls. Florida scenes with palm trees and moonlit waves; island landscapes with flaming red royal poinciana trees and brilliant blue skies; delicate hibiscus flowers blooming right before your eyes—the natural and botanical subject matter reflect the painter's unending desire to study his surrounding environment. Named for the eminent landscape artist, “Beanie” or “Bean” Backus, the Backus Gallery showcases his prolific body of work. The museum also features paintings by the “Highwaymen," a group of local African-American artists. Typical south Florida days—and the magnificent play of light in the subtropics—become extraordinary events on the canvases of these artists.