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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, October 8, 2013

Day 1-Big Talbot Island Residency

Marsh at Big Talbot Island
8x10 inches
(Sorry for the glare)
View from the Dock at Big Talbot House

Notes from my Residency Journal

This week I'm staying at Big Talbot Island, thanks to North Florida Land Trust, my sponsors. Their beautiful home is right on the beautiful marshes. There is a long dock, a large patio, where I am painting, canoes, bicycles, and the home is large and yet very intimate and cozy. It has all of the bells and whistles too. How did I get so lucky?

Today I moved in, unpacked and enjoyed an afternoon of painting on the patio. The director, Bonnie Barnes took me to a place in Fernandina called Sliders. I had a wonderful shrimp PO Boy with handmade chips. Bonnie had the Salmon salad, equally yummy. It is a casual, friendly restaurant right on the beach. There was live music, very pleasant and not too loud. The service was excellent. We sat out on the porch and enjoyed the scenery.

Bonnie showed me several pieces of property they have saved from development. It was awe inspiring to see all of this environmentally sensitive land the trust has saved from development. I urge you to support their efforts. We enjoyed a lovely evening of interesting conversation.

Tomorrow I'll be out and about to explore in the morning. There is so much to see here.

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