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Long ago Simon Benson had the lumber business but he was troubled by his men didn’t return to work from Portland after they shipped the lumbers. He discovered they stopped by taverns to get water and there weren’t no other places they could then. Consequently they got too drunk to go back to work.
So Benson donated several drinking fountains to the city. The fountain has provided the thirst quench to the Portlanders ever since.
Well this is the legend the most Portlanders know but i just painted it because I wanted to paint like one of Gordon Park’s “Dove in the park” scene.



tokiko anderson, legend, park, folk, city, fountain, historical landmark, heritage

1968, married to African American Airforce underground communication specialist.
Moved in US at the fall of Saigon, 1972. Witnessed and lived the history of America from 3 directions.
I love USA the country i chose as i am proud of Japan I was born.

There has been quite a ride. I can’t speak all in few paragraphs but i am happy and fullfilled for the life I have chosed to live.

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  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenabout 4 years ago

    My goodness Tokiko, this painting is just an exquisite work of art, such a beautiful ethereal and dreamlike quality to it. Just superb.

  • Thanks Marion, the artist’s dream come through to see all that praises first thing in the morning.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 4 years ago

    I totally agree with Marion is is wonderful work. x

  • Thanks Irene, this is wonderful:D

    – TokikoAnderson

  • allicata
    allicataabout 4 years ago

    Oh my Tokiko this is so beautiful, so tender and sweet. I really love the feel of this one. ;-)

  • Thanks Alison, the feeling is everything:D

    – TokikoAnderson

  • Laura J. Holman
    Laura J. Holmanabout 4 years ago

    Lovely, Tokiko. It does feel like a glimpse into a dream.

  • Thanks Laura, I tried to make a set for the drama, not necessary only about Benson and his men:D

    – TokikoAnderson

  • annamora
    annamoraabout 4 years ago

    so beautiful … so easy to just fall in love with this ….

  • Thanks Anna, that is nice, I can still be involved in romance:D

    – TokikoAnderson

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thanks Sylvia, for keep viewing my art-work with the great artist’s mind.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyabout 4 years ago

    So dreamy and beautiful!

  • Thanks Tibby, I think I live in dream.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • rosedew
    rosedewabout 4 years ago

    Superb Tokiko!

  • Thanks Rose. This one is satisfactory.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 4 years ago

    I love how you achieved your inspiration for this piece Tokiko………….
    It is truly a wonderful vision…………….
    sincerely, Rosie

  • Thanks Rose, back ground is even more important than birds and the fountain.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonabout 4 years ago

    Thanks Rose, harmony and back ground is the most important element in the art.

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