Barefoot Mailman Oil Painting


Delivering mail barefoot on the Atlantic Ocean beaches. This statue sits high above an inlet in Southeast Florida.


In the late 1800’s mail was delivered between Palm Beach to Miami via barefoot mailman running on the beach. Imagine running on the sand for long distances carrying a heavy bag of mail! There are many stories about the mailmen disappearing, drowning in the surf or even eaten by alligators. To honor this tradition of mail delivery a statue was erected on a drawbridge in Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach, Florida.

In a recent trip to Hillsboro Inlet in Southeast Florida I did a couple sketches on location. It was mid-morning with the sun and wind whipping on-shore blowing my sketch book all around. On the shadow side of the bridge is a great view of the barefoot Mailman Statue that sits high above the drawbridge. The mailman in the statue is running with a bag in one hand and a letter in the other. He sits high on a pillar or column above the center of the bridge. This is an active drawbridge, opening often for the many fishing boats from the inlet to the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the windy conditions I decided to head back inside to complete this original painting. Using my sketches I painted the landscape painting below in oil paint back in my studio.

Barefoot Mailman

Size: 8″ x 10″
Medium: oil on panel
Genre: Landscape

Barefoot Mailman, statue over Hillsboro Inlet bridge, 8"x 10" oil on panel, 2017 PJ Cook.


Painted and signed by the artist in 2017. Customers can purchase this original oil painting ready for hanging in a quality wood picture frame for an additional cost. A variety of rich colors and finishes are available in frames that complement your room and the painting. Please inquire via email or comment below. Otherwise, painting is shipped unframed. All purchased artwork is carefully wrapped and packaged for shipping. Most artwork is shipped one day after payment unless otherwise stated. Sometimes the oil paint is still drying and cannot be shipped immediately. But most of the paintings are ready to go. There is a full refund within 14 days of purchase. Thank you for your interest in my original art and please contact me with any questions.


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