The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home, by Jim Harrison
With its fanlike evergreen fronds, soft trunk, and strong root system, the palmetto is a wind-adapted palm that can bend with strong sea breezes without breaking or being uprooted.
Emblematic of survival against opposition, the palmetto tree has captured the imaginations of South Carolinians for generations, appearing on the state seal since the American Revolution and on the state flag since 1861.
In 1974 South Carolina artist Jim Harrison was commissioned to paint the official palmetto tree portrait for the State of South Carolina, an image that adorns the State House to this day.
Sweeping images of the coast have been part of Harrison's art since the beginning of his career, and he continues to illustrate his love of the South Carolina coast by capturing the beauty of the state tree amid the many stunning and enchanting scenes included here.
The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home features more than 50 colour images of coastal scenes by Jim Harrison along with vignettes from the artist. It also explores the historical background of the tree and its many ties to South Carolina's heritage as a symbol of strength and beauty worthy of this artistic celebration.