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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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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fair Oaks Mini Residency- September 7, 2014

Notes From My Residency Journal
Henry and I arrived at a quiet Fair Oaks this morning. We headed up to the studio to get right to work on the above painting. I enjoyed painting through the morning while Henry explored the studio and snoozed on his little bed under the air conditioner. We listen to Bob Edwards on NPR each week and enjoy his guests and interesting stories.
 I let Henry explore the upstairs porch, which he loved. It is a charming porch with a view of the old trees and pond at the end of the vast lawn. There are nice wooden rocking chairs inviting me to sit and watch the birds as I rock.
The staff returned from work in town and we enjoyed a special treat for lunch, my very favorite meal. Steak, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, and a fresh salad. No meal is better than that. We also had nice toasted and buttered rolls, Yummy! Naturally it was all served with Fair Oaks tea. Our host saved steak for Shaney and Henry as is their due as Fair Oaks dogs. Henry is very proud of that honorary position.
After lunch, we got back to work on a different painting in the studio and then cleaned up our mess, heading out for an adventure in the golf cart. Henry loves riding in the cart. he sits right beside me like a big dog and enjoys the ride. In the winter, when I paint in the cart, he snoozes while I work.
Today was wild life day at Fair Oaks. I saw a deer, a water moccasin, 3 Sandhill cranes, 2 wild turkeys and the best part, three red foxes, 2 adults and one kit who was young but not newborn. Then there were a variety of herons and egrets at the back pond. Such an exciting afternoon! Is it any wonder that I love Fair Oaks better than any other place!
We headed for home with fond memories of another day in paradise.

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