|The Village 24" x 18" August 20, 1980|
During his second visit to Tahiti in 1978, Ron rented a grass-thatched hut in the district of Mahina. In the 6 months at Mahina he made many landscape sketches for the purpose of creating finished paintings at a later date. The Village (originally titled Te Mata'eina'a) was the last painting Ron did that celebrated Tahiti. It is a portrait of the lush vegetation and housing style still prevalent in the district of Faaone during his stay. Ron Sketched the scene while resting on a bridge made of carved volcanic stones. The plants in the foreground are taro, a root that is baked and eaten as a staple in the Tahitian diet.
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