En Plein Air on a Florida beach just in time to catch the morning display of a whimsical scene of palm trees and shoreline to the left of me and then, a late morning storm appeared to the right of me. The tall clouds are noisy with their thunder and threatening rain. I do enjoy putting on the paint in quick strokes and a flurry of color. An instant impression that sets the tone for the palette, the composition and the capturing of light. Must keep the light in sight and in mind as it defines the hues, the values and the ever present shadows. Notice how the water is shallow and a lighter blue near the beach than the deeper water. The light is ever changing so I must work to catch that affect before the wind picks up and the rain comes down. But that's okay as I have finished the study and enjoyed the morning..... painting!!
A trip to the beach after a weekend tropical storm revealed puddles of windswept water, beach sand and dedicated beach lovers with their colorful umbrellas and lots of time to enjoy the incredible morning sky. The high clouds left over from the storm were bright with the early eastern sun and quickly blew off to some other far away shore. I painted the view back some distance from the beach to capture the immense Florida sky, the thin blue of the gulf and the calm watery remnants of the storm. In my hurry to get to the treasured beach early in the morning before the affects of the storm were gone, I took off without my easel! All's well, though. Painting with canvas in one hand and brushes in another, the palette balancing on the edge of an old table, and paint tubes strewn about made a unique connection between paint, painter and that first impression of dazzling light.
About the Artist
I have won several awards in local juried exhibitions, my paintings have been juried into both statewide and nationwide juried exhibitions and many of my paintings hang in private collections across Florida, including commissioned work. I have been painting with oils in an impressionistic style since childhood and attended New Mexico State University, Jacksonville University and the University of Utah to receive a classical fine art education. I love painting Florida's Gulf Coast. Whether it be a landscape, still life or portrait I reveal my subject's beauty and soul to the viewer through my use of color, composition and impressionistic style. I treasure the beaches, boats, palm trees and all the unique characteristics of Florida. My mission is that the viewer experience Florida's unique beauty through my paintings.