Traveling can be a break —a break from our normal routines and habits. For an artist, it can also mean going in a different direction and trying out some new things. Puerto Vallarta has become a place I escape to a few times a year. From my first visit I recognized an affinity for Cape Cod where I grew up. Tropical Mexico or coastal New England, resorts towns have much in common at their core. Unsurprisingly, I prefer the quieter off-season, which in Puerto Vallarta is summer.
I just returned after a few weeks of low-key tropical fun. The world of bars, clubs, go-go boys and drag shows has little appeal for me. Give me a beer and plate of tacos, and I am happy. That said, the alluring advertising is everywhere. And from that I took my inspiration. Filling a sketchbook with images of the imaginary resort Isla del Torso (Torso Island). A tropical paradise of tanned landscapes, condo towers, the warm seas and UFOs that sparkle like a drag queen’s gown.