I’m fascinated by the idea of a child, alone, encountering a UFO. I crammed nostalgia— abandoned service station, Rockwellian poise with traditional wagon, and a UFO that looks like it might have lifted off from a Victorian estate. The Texaco sign might have been inspired by one at an old service station in Lowertown here in Paducah.

Painting of a boy entranced by a UFO at an abandoned gas station
Gas Station Magic
© 1987 Warren Farr
oil on canvas panel, image 14” h x 18” w, N12
private collection

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