We were having french toast at Columbia Restaurant in Wawa. Billy had smuggled in his own bottle of real maple syrup (stuff we picked up on Day 1 at Shaw’s Pancake House). I glanced up from my meal and examined the painting above our table.
“Look at that. It’s pretty good, actually. I bet a hipster would buy that,” I said.
I noticed that there was a 4×6 photo of a man standing in front of this very painting tucked into the corner of the frame.
“Wait a second…isn’t that guy sitting right over there?”
Sure enough, Ron Botham, the artist himself, was chewing the fat with some friends at a nearby table. That’s how small Wawa is.
So I introduced myself.
Turns out Ron, who is known simply as “R.B.” here in Wawa, paints one piece a year. Most are hanging inside the restaurant. The scenes come from his own wilderness experience, of which he has plenty because he also leads bear hunts.
(At this moment, I knew I wasn’t in Kansas anymore)
Of the wolves, R.B. said: “they were eating a moose. They ate EVERYTHING, even the blood out of the snow.”
If you’re interested in the paintings, the bear hunts (or both), you can call R.B. at 705-856-7250.