"The Land of My Nativity" (24x30) oil on canvas
I grew up in southern Orange County, California when it still had an abundance of citrus groves -- now there are but a scant few. In fact, the neighborhood where we lived in the 70's was built in an orange grove. Today the grove is long gone (as is the bareness of the hills that surrounded that small valley in San Juan Capistrano) but the memories remain; hide n' seek in the grove, building forts in the eucalyptus trees and coming home with our clothes wreaking of orange juice.
"The Scarlet Conclusion" (9x12) oil on linen
So although 'I can never go home again' literally, I can still revisit those idyllic places of my youth in my minds eye, and on canvas... AND (as the Shangri-La's would sing) that's called, "Glad" ~