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Twenty years ago, we spent two weeks touring around Morocco. We were able to do this as a result of a car accident we had when we hit black ice and the car jet-lined down the road, ended up hitting the soft shoulder and turned over. Amazingly, neither of us was hurt. But the car was totalled. Our insurance company paid for the full value of the car and, even after purchasing a new car, we had enough left over to pay our flight to Morocco. Alvaro was writing a novel based on a dream he had had which involved, oddly, Morocco. So he wanted to visit to get a sense of the people and land.

We travelled from Tangiers to Casablanca where we joined a tour that would take us pretty much all over the country so that we could visit as much of the country as possible: the coast, the inland desert, and the mountainous areas. As a result of the trip, Alvaro began painting his impressions of the buildings and land. He has continued to paint Moroccan paintings all these years.

The Moroccan paintings, with their constantly inventive themes, and soft pastel colors, have become some of Cardona-Hine’s most sought-after paintings. Below is what the artist, himself, has written about the subject:

“There have been many painters who, after visiting some remote and alluring land, continue to paint it from memory. For me, that land was Morocco when I saw it twenty years ago in the company of my wife, touring its mountains, cities and towns with ever-widening eyes.

“What Morocco offers is something ancient, different and grand. Its landscape is vivid and unusual, its architecture part of a domed world, a world of camels and mosques, of storks perched on abandoned castles of adobe, raising their heads to give out their outrageous cries; a world of nearly invisible cemeteries and towers fragrant with the odor of roses.

“I paint Morocco to celebrate mystery, donkeys weighed down with eternity and blue-clad humans merging with vast, sandy distances.”

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