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A reviewer stated that ‘Road Trip’ “ranks among the best examples of ‘magical realism’ I have read in years.” Not certain of the definition of ‘magical realism’, I looked it up. In literature it means ‘written in a style that conveys an unusual sense of reality where the otherworldly and miraculous are accepted as common events’. Being tagged a ‘magical realist’ is fine, but what exactly is an unusual sense of reality? What qualifies as otherworldly or miraculous? Who makes the call?
Since the same criteria applies to the visual arts, I am now aware my paintings of people, purple trees and orange skies, and cupcakes the size of watermelons that hang in private and public collections across the USA, Europe, and Japan are the work of a ‘magical realist’. That had not been brought to my attention before
I’ve lived on the island of Maui for more than thirty years. I own a great little bar there called Kahale Beach Club in Kihei on the southern shore. On lazy days, I can take refreshment between short walks to watch the whales play. Drop by and say hello to a ‘magical realist’ next time you are in town. Have a look at his paintings, if your time allows.