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I was born and raised in Florida. After many years of travel, attending plein air paint outs, I discovered that residencies are the best way to explore the natural world I love. Working for an extended period from seven to ten days really enhances my painting experience. I am lucky to have friends and collectors who make it possible to explore the exciting and interesting locations I love to paint. Supporters provide their unoccupied vacation homes or hotel lodging for my residencies throughout the year. I am always delighted to leave an original framed painting for them as my thanks for their generous gift. If you would like to sponsor a residency, I would love to hear from you.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fair Oaks Mini Residency 5/27/2012

Notes From My Residency Journal

Today was a very interesting residency experience for me. I arrived to lots of activity pre-tropical storm, with no free golf carts so I used Leroy the truck and drove out to the fields. I got my paint box/easel set up, opened my supplies only to discover that I had not restocked the box with white paint. Landscape painters usually rely on white paint for almost every painting. Since the nearest white paint was 20 miles away, I decided to go forth and conquer this painting  challenge. At first I was frustrated and felt silly, but as I worked along on the painting I began to think of the difficulties as a window of opportunity to learn. I really enjoyed the process and finished the painting above.

All of the staff at Fair Oaks was busy today and the tractor broke down in the midst of the activity. It is the snake time of year and Mark, the foreman found a rattlesnake in the dry pond a couple of days ago.It is good that I can stand in my truck or use the golf carts to paint. That is much safer than thrashing around through the woods on foot.

Rick and Mark figure out how to repair the tractor.

Lunch was delicious, a chicken and yellow rice casserole, fresh steamed broccoli, fresh sliced pineapple, rutabagas and greens and garlic toast. Yummy as always.

It is always a privilege to be at Fair Oaks.

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