old wooden boat in boat yard

 'Dreamer'

24"x40" Private Collection

 

I'm so glad I painted this old boat. It had been abandoned at the boat yard for years and was in sad shape. A week after painting it I heard it was hauled to the dump.

 
 

'The Captain and Jib'

12"x20" Oil on Canvas.

Private Collection

 

These two were a familiar site in Key West. I was two days in a row painting a house and they would pass by me right around 4pm. I snapped a couple shots and started a sketch. The third day they came by just like clockwork and I quickly laid in some more details. I put the painting aside intending to do more to it but forgot about it. It was found in my studio by some one who fell in love with it as is, and to my surprise, it looked finished to me as well!

man and dog on bicycle.

woman dreaming on a sofa with letters and flowers around her.

    'Letters and wine'

36"x24" Oil on canvas. Destroyed

This painting was purchased by this model's daughters and given to her as a birthday gift. At their request we added the family cat on the couch which gave it an interesting psychology. Unfortunately I did not photograph it with the cat and two years later the painting was destroyed by a jealous boyfriend.

Wise woman teaching nude women in a circle.

'Stacey's Dream'

20"x30" Oil on canvas.

 Private collection.

A depiction of a friends dream as described in lengthy detail.

 

'The last thing I remember'

15"x24" Oil on canvas.

 Private collection.    

The title says it all. It was Goombay Fest. in Key West. I painted this the next day through a painful headache.

  

                              store open after hurricane andrew in the florida keys

'Andrew'

18"x24" Oil on canvas.

Scene after hurricane Andrew in Sugarloaf Key, Florida. Donated to fund raising auction for Pigeon Key.

                     

'Woman to Woman'

  16"x20"

  Oil on Canvas Private collection of a dear friend .

This painting was done on a lonely day at Flagler beach on Florida's east coast. It was a Wednesday, kind of chilly and not a soul in sight. I sat and painted clouds as they danced by and I changed everything several times. As I was putting away my paints, I look up and this woman was there contemplating the shore. This is one of those great surprises painting from life brings. I painted her in quickly, it was exciting how perfect she was. She turned to leave just as the water ran past my easel and soaked my bags. It was like the ocean said "OK ...this painting is done - go now."

 

woman at the beach
          woman longing for cuba in key west

'90 miles to Cuba'

20"x30" Oil on canvas. Private collection.

There are many Cuban families in Key West that have been there for generations, mostly from the days of the Cigar industry. Cuba's political and economic situation is heart breaking. Many Cubans who escape the island land in the Florida Keys and the stories they bring are often dramatic and tragic. The Cubans strongly love their culture and most of them would say they are nostalgic for their lovely homeland. Norma arrived on a boat three years prior to this painting. Most of her family remains on the island.

 

 
 

'Blue Heaven noon'

20"x24" Oil on canvas.

 Private collection.

A magical spot in Key West that is often painted. Earnest Hemingway used to spar here. There was a bordello and gambling hall and a cockfight arena. It was a feature set in the 'Key West' TV Series and is presently a unique and delicious restaurant which hosts many community events, art showings and live music. A very special place.

blue heaven key west

                                                                                     old black woman catching chickens

'Bird in hand.'

16"x20" Oil on canvas.

Private collection.

This was painted in the studio on a very rainy day. I don't know her name but she knew how to outsmart the chickens and roosters that live in Bahama Village. I would sketch her in her yard from my back door. She'd spend long minutes on her knees holding very still and would walk away with one or two birds dangling by their feet. 

 

      

 

'Cow Key Channel'

18"x20" Private Collection

 Cow Key Channel between Key West and stock Island. Some interesting live aboard rigs anchored out there. The wind was finally dying down and the air felt crispy.

 

'Tug Boat'

12"x15" Private Collection

     No one around all day! The water was choppy and the tug boat was perky, pulling at it's leash and bobbing up and down. By late afternoon it had calmed and floated there smiling at the sun.