TPA Counselor John Durant, a San Diego professional photographer, and his friend Stuart Burton, fine artist, collaborated on beautifying the gates that close off the lead in trail to Parry Grove Trail, Whitaker Garden and
the Whitaker overlook. (Once again, work on Parry Grove has halted during gnatcatcher nesting season, and will not resume until Fall 2014.)
Working from a Durant photo -- one of many fine-art images he's created of the Reserve -- Burton painted this vibrant original work. "I grew up here in San Diego," says Burton, "and I came to the park with my mother on her plein-air outings. The Reserve is such an important part of our community, and I didn't hesitate when John asked me to help beautify the gate." The original painting on canvas was then scanned, printed to size on weather resistant material, and attached to the existing brown-plywood gate.
Digital One Color of San Diego donated the printing and substrate costs.
Signed, limited edition, fine-art giclée prints (color-fast digital inkjet) of the painting will soon be available in the gift shop for a donation of $250, and 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Reserve. The original painting is for sale direct from the artist.