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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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Monday, February 18, 2013

Fair Oaks Residency- Day 1

Notes From My Residency Journal

I arrived at 7 AM on this year's coldest day. Winter came to town very late this year. After balmy days in the 70's and 80's for most of the year, we dropped suddenly into the 20's. I was expecting 10 painters to arrive at 9 AM, so I had my work cut out for me to set up at the Fair Oaks Pavilion for a fun but frigid day of painting. Fair Oaks is breathtaking that early on a winter morning. It is so cold that the fog blankets the little pond next to the pavilion. I decided it would be advantageous to stay next to the pavilion all day because Rick thoughtfully lent me his outdoor heaters and his Keurig coffee machine. That instantly available hot coffee really saved us throughout the long cold day. My daughter, Chef Jackie prepared hot chili, corn muffins, a vege tray and brownies for feasting. Despite the cold, it was a marvelous day for all of us.

After the workshop, I cleaned up the pavilion and headed for the house. I watched a little TV and headed for bed after a blessed hot shower. I was exhausted from the cold.


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