The painting featured at the top of this post is entitled “Eating Up the Lights” by artist Gary R. Lucy. The story behind it is remarkable. (Click on the image to get a bit closer look.)
I came across this painting recently when I traveled with my friend, Bill Beattie, to the town of Washington, Missouri, where we were both speaking at a men’s event. We happened to wander into Gary Lucy’s art gallery. It probably would have been a 5 minute distraction, except that Gary happened to be there and we ended up spending the better part of an hour talking to him.
What an interesting man. A large part of Gary’s art captures the history of life on the inland waterways, and also the expeditions of Lewis and Clarke. Some of his work hangs in the Smithsonian.
But to get to this painting in particular, here’s what Gary has to say about it: