Painting the People of Panama

Experience the Beauty of Panama through Al Sprague Artwork... this has been a saying I have used for many years. My father, Al Sprague, truly captures the essence of Panama through his artwork... it isn't just the Canal or the beautiful dresses of the Pollera... it's the people... they are what makes Panama such a beautiful country.

My father has a keen sense of seeing the beauty in some of the most simplistic things. He gets excited about the way the light reflects off the brightly colored fruit at the market or the different colored bottles on the cart of the raspadero. I can't count how many times we stopped the car on the way to the interior to take pictures of a vendor on the side of the road selling vegetables or flowers. I have to credit this to his artistic eye. He just sees things differently than the rest of us.

Edgar Degas once said, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." This is true in my father's work. He captures everyday activities of the people of Panama. He opens our eyes to the beauty of things we take for granted on a regular basis.

He captures the lighting, colors, and strength of the market vendors in his paintings. You can almost smell the scents of the market, feel the texture of the fruits and vegetables, and feel the warmth of the sun when looking at his work. Although the subjects are carrying on an everyday task, there is pride and joy expressed through each stroke on the canvas. His paintings reveal the beauty of the every day life of the market vendors.

Many people love his renditions of the raspadero and his cart. The paintings bring back memories of chasing down the cart vendors and waiting for the delicious taste of the icy treat.

Over the years my father has consistently captured the traditional wooden carts used by the market vendors. These carts are typically filled with fruits and vegetables and pushed into the streets during the day. When walking through the market areas, it is common to see multiple carts lining the street - each filled with fresh treats for sale.

If asked, I would have to say, the market vendors remain one of my favorite subject matters of my father's because he consistently captures the beauty of Panama through the everyday life of the people of the country.

Experience the Beauty of Panama through Al Sprague Artwork.

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