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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, April 7, 2014

Bird Island Day 4

Marshes at Bird Island
9x12 inches
Oil on panel

8x10 inches
Oil on panel

The boardwalk beside the marshes

Horseshoe crab

View from the dock

Notes From My Residency Journal

Today's weather is too rough to be out. The wind is howling and the sea is up with lots of foam and broken waves. I've not seen a single boat. It is quite cozy in the house and I'm enjoying reading a Travis McGee adventure. This morning wasn't bad on the porch so I was able to finish 2 paintings, the first started yesterday. I have 6 paintings and expect to get at least one more tomorrow. 

You haven't lived until you have tried tuna salad on Lays potato chips instead of bread. It is really delicious! I have had that for lunch every day this week. Just scoop up the tuna with a spoon and carefully put it on a big chip like an appetizer. 

Last evening I had a great walk over the marshes in the boardwalk. It is a lovely view late in the day with everything warm and rich in color. I found a Horseshoe crab shell and saw tiny little crabs scuttling along the path. I watched a pair of Dolphins feeding, scattering Mullet as they swam along.

This is a foreign world for me. I am a landlubber having lived all of my life in forests and fields. My visits to the coast are always educational. I know nothing about boats or the sea. I am always amazed by the startling changes in the weather when I visit the coasts and Bird Island. It can change in just a few moments. 

With good luck this storm will be gone tomorrow, giving me another day in Bird Island paradise!


  1. We have been waiting for a storm to hit Ormond Beach....but no rain in sight yet, so you must have had it where you are instead. I'm so enjoying reading about your trip and seeing your paintings.

  2. Maggie,
    It has passed on now. The sun coming out in short minutes. Cool and breezy. I have so much enjoyed this adventure. I head back to my studio tomorrow and I will sure miss BI. Thanks for joining me.