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Mapping out Memories

How an artistic traveler interpreted Guatemala on canvas

Posted on 7/5/2016 12:47:00 PM in Traveler Insights

Dave Gano packs his illustrations with details that evoke memories of his travels.

Thanks to Dave Gano, 10-time traveler & 5-time Vacation Ambassador from Murphys, CA

For artist, educator, and 10-time traveler Dave Gano (who signs his artwork with the French spelling of his name, “Gayneaux”), creating opportunities to relive the sites and experiences of his travels is as important to him as sharing those experiences with others. Dave captures entire O.A.T. trip itineraries in detail-rich snapshots, which bring his journeys to life for his family and friends—and now for readers of The Inside Scoop.

Working from notes jotted down in a journal and the photos he and his wife, JoEllen, take during their trips, Dave composes his collages with ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. “It’s my way of remembering the adventure,” Dave says. And while dozens of individual scenes, settings, and experiences comprise each of Dave’s works, the overall composition of each painting is a cohesive narrative, usually incorporating a map of the country.

After returning from his Route of the Maya trip, Dave rendered the treasure trove of ancient wonders and lush landscapes on this 16-day adventure in exacting detail. From the splendid Mayan city of Tikal and the surrounding Petén jungle to the ruins of Lamanai with its 13-foot Mask Temple, you feel immersed in the entirety of the trip in one sweeping glance.

See the landscapes and culture that inspired Dave when you join O.A.T. on Route of the Maya.

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