The Curtis Wilson Cost Gallery

Polo Fans, 1985

The polo grounds on Maui are beautiful, but every time I've been down to paint something, I've never actually come back with any polo paintings. I always seem to get drawn away by something around the grounds. One day I set out to really focus myself on the horses or the stables, maybe the game itself, if I could find a fresh approach to the theme.

I found myself walking around the grounds with one eye on a very heated match and the other looking out for that flash that always ends up becoming a painting. I was rounding the far end of the field, looking back at the trees and the crowd, when I suddenly noticed the polo ball rolling towards my feet. I looked up to see the horses hurdling down the field in my direction. The sound was thundering terror.

I really don't remember how I got out of there but where I ended up was so contrastingly peaceful with a couple of geese in shade and solitude that I never returned to the match. Failing once again to paint a polo scene, I settled for a sporting title.

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