A new natural history art exhibit is coming to the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center this summer.

Obscured by Time: The Magic of Florida, is an art exhibit of artist, storyteller, and Florida native Hermann Trappman. The exhibition will be displayed May 21 to August 15, and will detail the natural history of Florida through Trappman’s compelling paintings.

(Hermann Trappman/Special to The Pulse)

(Hermann Trappman/Special to The Pulse)

According to Trappman, Obscured by Time offers a glimpse of early Florida, drawing back the curtain that has shrouded Florida’s prehistoric past. His artwork explores Paleo-Indian mammoth hunters through to the earliest city dwellers, to cultures affected by Spanish conquista­dors in the 16th Century. His paintings offer insights into the pre-historic cultures of Florida by focusing on the daily lives of the people who lived here.

In his art, Trappman reconstructs aspects of Native American life and culture and details what the past might have been like. His artwork is based on research of pre-Columbian peoples. The exhibition includes reproductions of early tools and objects portrayed in his paintings.

As a boy, Trappman, played along the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast, collected arrow points in the playground at his elementary school, and tumbled along the paths of ancient Indian mounds. A self-taught artist, Trappman spent over 25 years as an interpretive park ranger and explored the natural and cultural history of Florida.

He learned to understand how ecosystems work and how humans survived for thousands of years in the complex environs of Florida. He also became fascinated with the origins of Florida and its early inhabitants. His paintings embody the revelations of his studies, his attitudes, and his craftsmanship.


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