ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- On July 4th, Tripp Harrison literally watched his life's work wash away. "It was devastating, we lost about 200 pieces," said Harrison.
Thousands of gallons of water gushed from the ceiling, cascading down his prized paintings. "We had to take all the flooring up, knock down walls," said Harrison.
His flooded gallery had to be completely stripped. And thousands of dollars worth of art work was thrown out.
It left him with just one thing to do. "I went back to the easel and started painting," he said.
This was the seventh time his gallery has flooded. It's the seventh time he has had to pick up the pieces. But this Saturday his doors will re-open to the public with 15 new canvases.
"When your bone breaks, it heals stronger. And when things like this happen, you can become stronger and better for it," said Harrison. And the view inside his new improved gallery is better than anything he could have painted.
The Tripp-Harrison Gallery is located two doors from the cathedral in downtown St Augustine. It will be open to the public this Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.