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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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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wekiva State Park Residency

20x24 inches
oil on canvas

Sand Lake

Wekiva River

Scrub Oaks
20x24 inches
oil on canvas

Notes From My Residency Journal

I spent last week at Wekiva State Park in Apopka Florida. This is a favorite place for me and the opportunity comes once a year. The Wekiva Paint Out affords this treat for about 25 painters from all over the country. We live in the Youth Camp cabins, tucked away in one section of the park. it is like going back to camp, but for adult artists. We eat together, and enjoy social time after the long days of painting. it is very dark at night, but I never feel fear there. It is a happy, cheerful experience, living out in the woods with other like minded souls for a week. The tall pines and scrub oaks are lovely and scattered about are cabbage palms in the landscape. The grasses are tall and change colors as the light changes.

Last week we spotted bear, deer,wild hog, turkey and various raptors and water birds at the river. A few big gators were spotted along the river as well as otters and turtles.

We have the beauty of the deep woods and the beauty of the springs and river, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Hiking and biking are popular along the paved roads through the park. We can take out canoes and kayaks and there is a pontoon boat for painting fun as well. 

I would love to have a week residency there at another time separate from the paint out someday.

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