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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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Friday, April 4, 2014

Bird Island Residency Day 1

The Cafe

BI from Captain Rob's house.

The front porch at BI

Notes from my Residency Journal

Here I am on the big screened porch at Bird Island having just arrived by boat. My boat captain Rob delivers me to the island and opens the house for me. It is sunny and warm and I'm watching the fishing boats go by.  This is a large island house and as comfortable as an old cotton shirt, washed many times. It is affectionately called the Hilton. I will set up my easel tomorrow morning to start painting.

I started my trip at the Horseshoe Beach Cafe with a delicious fried shrimp sandwich. The shrimp were large and fried to perfection with a light crispy batter. A glass of tea helped to hit the spot.  Rob stores my car for me under his home in the huge shaded carport for my stay, and ferries me and my supplies over to BI as we all call it. 

The island is owned by the Nelms family who generously give me this painting residency in early April. I look forward to it all year. What a life to live on an island. Tonight after it cools down, I will do some exploring and take some photos. I like to explore late and then early in the morning for the best light. 

BI is my second favorite place in the world with Fair Oaks being the first. I am so lucky to have wonderful generous friends who share with me. 


  1. Sounds like a great retreat - both spiritual and painting.

  2. There is nothing like it Maggie ;-)