I released my retro-style series in 2007 and, as mentioned in a prior post, “Boca Belle” was my first painting. I followed it with “Meet Me at the Lido” as an homage to a special place in Sarasota’s history. I had my wife pose on a replica statue at The Quay (which has since been demolished). Let’s just say she wasn’t thrilled about hanging off the statue while busy traffic whizzed by. Oh, and did I mention I had her wearing a bathing suit for some of the shots?!?
In the 40s & 50s, Lido Beach Casino was THE place to be in Sarasota, FL. Folks loved the beautiful facility flanked by huge seahorse statues where you could enjoy pool, beach cabanas, restaurants and dancing to Rudy Bundy’s Big Band. And the young gals were sure to pose on the seahorses for photos!