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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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 …

In Good Company

IMG_0639Replenished my display at Sarasota Architectural Salvage today and I am in good company with my partner Michelle (Altered by Michelle), Kelley B Designs and Kelley Love Designs. Come by and check out the cool art by cool local artists going on at this great shop! 1093 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Altered by Michelle
Altered by Michelle

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Kelley B Designs

Kelley Love Designs
Kelley Love Designs

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Good Start…

Looking north toward the downtown Sarasota from the approach to the Siesta Key Bridge.
Looking north toward downtown Sarasota from the approach to the Siesta Key Bridge.

Every weekday I get to drive over the north bridge to Siesta Key on my way to my part-time office job. Every day that I drive over this bridge I am grateful. I am always grateful for where I live – I have to thank my parents profusely for having me in Florida and not someplace where the temperature is hovering around freezing right now. But I feel more acutely aware of my gratitude whenever I am near the water. Every single time I drive over this bridge I am blown away by the beauty of this amazing place that is my home… This morning the bridge was up, the tide was out and I was fortunate enough to stop my vehicle in a spot that was perfect to take a quick photo. Pretty good way to start a day…

Bay Front Mystery

rocksFor a while now someone has been creating cool rock formations in my neighborhood. The first creations we saw were next to the sidewalk along the main road that runs through the neighborhood. Then they started showing up in the water at the little bay front park near my house. When the tide is out you can see them really well. But even at high tide you can see the tops of some of them – like natural pieces of art created for anyone passing by to see. Each one looks like it has been well thought out – stacked precisely and with great care…rocks2

I am so intrigued by these rock formations. I wonder who is making them. I am grateful I live in a neighborhood where this would happen. Part of me wants to know: who? what? when? where? why? how? But part of me simply enjoys the mystery of it all…

Favorite Places – New Pass Grill

New Pass Grill is not fancy – the menu is limited, you place your order at the counter and seating is at picnic tables or bar stools outside. But the view is amazing and anytime I have been there, no matter how I was feeling, I instantly felt better. The best table in the house resides in the sand – you can take off your shoes and if the tide’s just right you can put your feet in the water while you eat. Just a little bit of Heaven on earth and it’s a quick 10 minute drive from where I live… Lucky me…