I created this website to host a blog, photo galleries, and other information for myself and my artist friend Richar Huiza, a very talented artist from Peru, who like me, now resides in the highlands of Western Panama.
Our town of Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama, is an old agricultural and ranching community nestled in a mountain valley about 60 miles from the Costa Rica border, and 35 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Boquete is about 3,200 feet above sea level at the edge of the cloud forests of Panama and Costa Rica. Some call this place the land of eternal spring and rainbows.
I am a 76 y/o retired American – an “expat” from Sonoma County in Northern California – and now a legal permanent resident of Panama. I moved here in 2012, and shortly thereafter, purchased a wood lathe to resume my hobby of artistic woodturning. A little over a year ago, Richar, who is a fellow arts and crafts vendor at a weekly Tuesday morning market in town, came to me and asked me turn some plates for him to paint. It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and collaboration in artistic endeavors that continues to grow.