by Kim Gromoll
"When I decided to do a painting of Yoda and Luke on Dagobah, I wanted to include R2. He's like Luke's little brother, isn't he? Luke is tasked with this overwhelming assignment. Go to this barren, swamp world and learn to be a Jedi...learn the ways of the Force from this wise, ancient Being. And Luke is impatient, angry, condescending..... and little by little he sees the power of this little green man's wisdom. All the while, there's R2. We see Luke's growth through R2's eyes (Or should i say one eye) From standing on tippy toes to see into Yoda's hut in the pouring rain, to hovering over the swamp as Luke practices his power of the Force.
I've put R2 in the shadows. Yoda imparts a bit of wisdom on Luke as they take a break. The rare sun breaking through the dim dank swamp to highlight a moment in time. Luke seems to finally understand. And there is R2. He is our eyes. Standing near the clearing, covered in the mud and slime of the swamp, he is witness to the event. And we along with him. I've used the dark trees and R2 to create a frame into which we see the Lesson.
But we all know that Luke cannot keep his promise with Yoda and stay to complete his training. There is a Dark future waiting for him. I've put a few lines and shapes into the trees and vines of Dagobah to hint at the terror that Luke will face. If you look closely, and use a little imagination you will see him there.....Vader." - Kim Gromoll
About the artist:
Kim Gromoll has been designing, illustrating and painting for over 30 years.
He has been a designer for Universal Studios Orlando the past 15 years. In that time he has designed hundreds of projects for live entertainment including haunted houses for their award winning Halloween Horror Nights, concert stages, parades, themed vehicles, show sets and more.
His other theme park clients include Walt Disney World, SeaWorld,
Nickelodeon Studios, Ripley’s Entertainment and many, smaller themed entertainment companies.
As a freelance illustrator, Kim has painted the artwork for over 600 postage stamps and numerous magazine, book and game box covers. He designed and painted a series of murals for family play centers throughout northern Italy and Switzerland. His paintings have been featured in galleries in St. Augustine and Key West Florida.
His love of Star Wars, Disney and all things Geek, has brought him to a partnership with Acme Archives and a new series of prints set in the Star Wars Universe.