WPSAF 2018 Merit Award

The weather last weekend at the 2018 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was absolutely perfect, mornings cool (some said 'cold') and afternoons warmer.
The quality of the art was exceptional as always for this show. The attention to detail by the art festival committee is very professional and geared towards an artist focused event. Thank you all!
This year my work was selected for a Merit Award. In the show, the judges flag the artist booth for judging, but the artist must select the specific piece to bring into the judging room. Goodness, which child to pick? I brought a new image from my Antique Flower Series, "Trumpet Vine" shown here with the award ribbon.

Well now, does this mean I should start rehearsing my 5th annual retirement speech? According to several of my art show friends, it would be wise to leave the door at least partly open. So here I am, still doing some work, and then looking to leave in some choice shows. Thanks for your patience and your purchases!


Under the Open Sky - etching

Skies in Florida contain some wonderful sky-scapes, changing daily and by season. This image was put together from photographs and sketches taken in late December along the northeastern Florida coast just as the night clouds were moving in. If the balance between land and sky is just right, the clouds appear endless, extending into open space.
Yes, my landscape etchings are theme and variations....trees, water, land and sky.



This spring there will be only one show I will do as you see in the listing to the right. After that, I'm not sure in which direction I will go. After 33 years of doing art shows, it's time to branch out (no pun) into other fun projects. However, painting will continue to be a big part of my fun. Just maybe not so many shows. Or maybe just one every so often. Or maybe not any shows at all anymore given the physical toll it is taking.

Kindly make the trek to see me at (so far) one last outdoor art show I will do. If you'd like to make a purchase, there will be some specials (please remind me I said this) and some hugs too.

Most certainly I will miss seeing all of my many longtime customers and far away friends who gave me encouragement and support over the years.

Please do keep in touch through this website, or emails and phone calls, or better yet, call and come visit my studio.
New Images will continue to be posted here too.


Lily of the Valley etching

Spring is beginning in my part of Central Florida. In bloom are the azaleas, lavender and yellow tabebeuia, and flame vine among others.
The ELIZABETH MAGNOLIA in my backyard has opened its pale yellow blossoms before the leaves fill in. This tree is somewhat outside its southern range in the climatic zone here, but it's been thriving for more than two decades. The blooms don't last too long because of the hotter temperatures now, but the tree is a beautiful cloud outside my window. My Elizabeth Magnolia, a variety developed by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, came to me as a small potted sample, a benefit of my membership after I moved to Orlando.

Well, LILY OF THE VALLEY is not one of the hardy plants in my spring planting zone. Much to my regret. Because many of my images don't grow in Orlando, I have to create a space in my artwork so that I can revisit them many times during the year. These favorites become my perennial icons regardless of planting zone or season!


Trumpet Vine

Another addition to my ongoing Antiques Flower Series is the Trumpet Vine, also known as trumpet creeper. Botanically named "campsis radicans," the vine is found mostly in the southeastern U.S. naturalized in fields and woody areas.
The plant will climb up to 10 feet high in a spectacular color bloom in summer.
Bloom color will range from cadmium orange to a dark reddish orange. I've decided to depict the flower in a deeper orange color to emphasize the dramatic showy clusters.


"Beach Flowers" etching

Cold temperatures and heavy snow have settled into many parts of the US this winter. So a beach scene is in order to warm up the season, with flowers, of course.
"Beach Flowers" highlights the gaillardia flowers that blanket many seashore areas on the east coast, giving the blooms one of their common names....blanket flower. I've created the image as an etching with added watercolor, sized at about 5"h x 4"w. A "cozy" place.


Chain of Parks award 2017

The 2017 Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee gave me an Award of Distinction this year!! After over 30 years of doing outdoor art festivals, awards are always a surprise. Recognition of my work in this way has given me encouragement to continue exploring the subjects that have been my focus over all these years...botanical imagery, landscapes, and, in general, the natural world. In retrospect, these images represent the theme and variations, rhythm and counterpoint I see in the landscapes around us.

So, here again, the retirement question comes up. Am I going to do any more outdoor shows? Right now the answer is "maybe with no specific schedule in mind". Certainly, the Chain of Parks show and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival are on my calendar for 2018. I'll wait and see if I decide to do others, and I'll post them here in the future along with new images.


Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award winner WPSAF 2017

The 2017 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival awarded me the $5,000 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award. The piece they selected is the image described in my post below...."Roots." What an amazing honor!! I am so pleased that the judges felt that my etching of a live oak tree fit the philosophy of the Foundation and its endeavors. Naturally, I'm still overwhelmed by receiving this prize. The photo is of the Foundation President David Odahowski and me. Plus the ribbon, of course.

So, I guess this wasn't my last art show. I'll be at this show again next year. Perhaps I'll also do a few more shows here and there as the spirit moves me. If I do, the shows will be posted here. Or if you wish to be on my email list, send me the information and a message through the contact link above.

My thanks to everyone who came to my booth at the show and purchased a piece of my artwork. I hope it gives you as much joy as I had in creating it.

THE FOUR SEASONS ETCHING SERIES - Cancelled plates available

The Four Seasons etching series combines seasonal botanical images with a central seasonal landscape. Each one is depicted as a 4" x 6" image with line etching, acquatint, embossing, and colored inks. The plates are cut into three sections, with the outer part showcasing seasonal foliage, the crescent shaped part depicting the sky, and the inner part showing a landscape with a border of other plants. There are 16 different colors of etching inks used to complete the four images.

As of April 2015, printing is complete for all four editions of the seasons and the plates are now cancelled (corners cut off). They have each been framed accompanied by the last piece in each edition #50/50. Framing is unfinished pale poplar wood with a museum rag mat.
The price for the framed set of four is $1,400, shipping and tax are extra. The set of four with mats but no frames is $1,225. Look under the "Etchings" tab to view the images in the series. I do have photos of the framed pieces I can send, but they will have some reflections from the plate and the glass. Please send any questions using the email contact on this site.

Please contact me if you are interested in buying one of 'Seasons.'