The title for this watercolor pencil on watercolor paper image comes from the musical “South Pacific,” particularly the song “Bali Hai.” The island symbolizes the hopes, dreams, imagings, and sexual longings of a group of American sailors tethered to the island across the bay. It’s also the key to a savvy sales pitch by one of the island merchants and a greedy sailor, both of whom exploit their mark’s insatiable curiosity.

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