There’s No Place Like Home

“There’s No Place Like Home”

This piece of mixed media art is meant as an homage to my hometown. I was born here and I have lived here all my life. I used to thank my parents for having me in Florida, and I have always felt lucky because I’ve never felt the need to live anywhere else. I love this place so much and it has always felt like home.

I created this piece of art using a vintage road map, vintage parrot stamp, and other found elements on an 8” x 8” cradled wood panel. The palm tree is actually located in the bay front park in my neighborhood; the photo was taken by me.

My work is representative of the love I have for where I live and the love I have in my life. I’m so grateful for all I have and I put all that love and gratitude into each piece of art I create.

I’m not sure where this piece ended up, as it was donated as part of a gift basket for The Women’s Council of Realtors Sarasota. It was auctioned off and proceeds went to benefit the NISSI Project which helps survivors of human trafficking.

I hope wherever it is that it will be a subtle reminder to always take the scenic route (in my family we call it “the back way”), to find the things for which to be grateful and to remember that there’s no place like home.

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Photo Adventure – Historic Spanish Point

I recently got to visit Historic Spanish Point with my family. Such a great opportunity to take some photos – of course, when isn’t it a great opportunity to take some photos? I absolutely love having a camera with me, traipsing around looking for that perfect shot, the excitement when I know that I have found it…

My dad was with me that day. I always love to get his take on photography and light and composition. Both my parents are amazingly creative, so I was lucky enough to get it from both sides. My dad has always been an incredible photographer and my favorite room in our house when I was a kid was the dark room. I thought it was the ultimate cool fort and I’d sit in the glow of the red light, checking out the film developing stuff. I remember watching photos be developed – I’d see the image start to come to life in the developing tray and thought it was pure magic.

Photography is a little different now than it was then. The digital age has made film photography sort of a lost art. But there are many good things to be said about being able to edit a photo on a computer.  I’m just always so grateful when I have a chance to grab my camera and snap some photos. The gallery above are some of my favorite images from that day at Historic Spanish Point.

Floral Fascination

I was on location at a photo shoot recently and fell in love with the gardens and the flowers in bloom. Nature is such an inspiration for me artistically. Spring and sunlight and water come together and encourage things to grow for no other reason than they simply can. Shape and color and texture emerge as natural works of art. And while there is no rival to the beauty of Nature, it’s always my hope as an artist to bring the right elements together to create beautiful work…

Fab Florida

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I am so honored to be featured on the website FabFlorida.com! Writer Christine Sansbury saw my artwork at FOUND Treasures for Living in Dunedin recently and approached me about doing a blog post which would highlight my art. FabFlorida is an online magazine curating the most fabulous finds, places, artisans and products all unique to the Sunshine State. Check out the feature here …