On the one hand, I've been an artist all my life.
always the kid who drew and made pictures - I was a US
Navy kid, so there has been plenty of fodder for
drawing. I was formed living in the tropics where lush
foliage, teeming ocean life, the gorgeous skies over
salty beaches got into my blood.
I did not study art as an undergraduate, but studied
a lot of other interesting things. Still, art and design
pulled me hard, and I eventually went back to school to
get my MFA at the University of Michigan Art School (Go
I lived in the world of exhibit design for a good
long time, all the while painting, sketching, and
designing spaces and things, but nothing has ever quite
grabbed my heart, my brushes, or my stylus like painting
the iconic places, people and scenes of Key West.
I've been getting to know the lower Keys since the
early 1980s, when my family began spending winters here.
It became my mission to live here some day, and several
years ago, it happened. I'm now a devoted fresh water
Conch, living aboard an iconic Key West houseboat, in a
community of amazing and loving people, and painting the
places I've adored for decades.
As I live on a tiny houseboat my original art is
small (about 6" x 6")and exists in a sketchbook! I scan
the book and enhance the images on a Mac computer using
Photoshop. I really enjoy this editing/computer process
as I use to be a graphic designer. I hope it shows!
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