May 20, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Beach painting is so much fun but it is still work, as all painting is. Just because artists may enjoy their work does not make it effortless, quite the opposite. Artists are focused and zoned in when they create. Every stroke takes thought, every nuance of color is a deliberate choice. Artists choose which brush, how thin or thick the paint should be, what value should the color be and so much more. Artists have to solve a multitude of visual puzzles for each painting and make endless decisions on how to portray their subject.

Another thing, having a "natural talent" does not make an artist! It takes years and years of learning, practicing, thinking, scheming and more to create artWORK. That must be why it is called that! Just ...

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May 20, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Because I paint from life and because I live in a place I love it is no surprise that my subjects for my paintings are what is all around me! I have always been awed and uplifted by nature. I go to preserved areas to find nature such as State Parks, National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and more to find my inspiration. Here is a painting of a cypress tree swamp inspired by the amazing Six Mile Cypress Slough, Ft. Myers, FL

"Cypress Hush" Oil 30" x 60"

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