Steve Andrews
Steve Andrews

Tallahassee, Florida

I grew up in Titusville, which is just south of New Smyrna Beach. During that time NASA would close the Titusville beach for extended periods because of launches. New Smyrna was our favorite alternative. I remember as a kid driving past the shuffleboard courts and wanting to play. I have a special affinity for New Smyrna and for the landscape around it. I am very grateful for the honor of participating in this paint out.

I have been painting for thirty years. I got started when my wife gave me a watercolor set to get me off the golf course. I fell in love with it. I loved the creativity, the challenge, the chase of trying to get it right. About twenty-five years ago I switched from watercolor to oils. I wanted to work bigger and brighter. I am self-taught and I learned my craft the old fashion way. Brush mileage. Paint, paint, paint. I focus on landscapes and the theme I come back to time and time again is the vanishing beauty of Florida. I have been painting outdoors as much as possible from the very beginning. There is nothing better than being out there in person watching the light and color. I try to keep it simple, but there has to be some complexity in the simplicity to make it visually interesting. And then there is always the chase of trying to get it right.

I show my work online and at numerous art festivals in Florida and the Southeast. My website is SteveAndrewsArt.com. Check it out and come watch me paint.


Cathy Berse
Cathy Berse

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Cathy Berse is a long time resident of Florida. Cathy attended the University of Wisconsin, University of Tennessee and Milwaukee Area Technical College. In years past she has worked as a graphic designer, teacher and muralist. Cathy’s murals ranged from small to the largest at 4, 800 sq. feet. Cathy taught art for Daytona Beach Community College, Artists’ Workshop, Inc. and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is now an avid Plein Air Artist and her work can be found in private homes as well as public places including The White House, New Smyrna Beach’s City Hall, the Historical Museum and AdventHealth.

Ninety-nine percent of my oil paintings are done on site, “alla Prima”. I feel that allows me to capture the light that caught my eye as well as the true colors of nature. I love what I do and it is my goal to pass that love along in my work. If a viewer can step into the scene I have just painted and get as much pleasure from it as I did painting it, I consider it a successful painting.


Priscilla Coote
Priscilla Coote

Big Pine Key, Florida

Priscilla Coote is known for painting water, especially the water’s edge. A lifelong artist, she paints primarily in oils and gouache. She has built an amphibious easel and taken it to several locations to develop a series of “from the water” studies.

Her style can range from nearly photo-realistic to moody impressionism. “It all depends on the locale and how the light reads. I am fascinated by the variety of light effects which can be found at different times of the day. It is the artist’s perogative to identify and utilize these effects as tools in creating their best work.”

Priscilla uses her plein air paintings as a basis for her large studio oils. She has recently been juried into national exhibitions at Channel Islands Museum, CA; Visual Arts Center’s Biennial; Coos Bay, WA Museum; Mystic Maritime Museum and others. She is represented by galleries in Key West, Naples, West Palm Beach, Nantucket, Maine and Williamsburg, VA. Priscilla has recently been featured in Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur and Sail magazines, and has had paintings shown on Netflix’ Bloodline and HGTV’s Island Hunters. She is a Signature Member and VP of the American Society of Marine Artists, and has lived full time in the Keys for twenty-plus years.


Tina Corbett
Tina Corbett

High Springs, Florida

Born in Brooklyn NY, raised in South Florida and presently living in High Springs, Florida, Tina Corbett has devoted her life to her study of art. Throughout the years, she studied Fine Art Oil Painting with several fine art teachers. At 24, she graduated with a Commercial Art Certification from Miami Lakes Tech and served as the Postal Art Illustrator for the South Florida District Post Office for almost 20 years until her move to northern Florida. There she has decided to pursue her first love, fine art oil painting.

In 2006 she helped start and operate The High Springs Art Coop for 6 years and then moved on to open her own gallery & art supply boutique in downtown High Springs. Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies. The store’s name is her maiden name to honor her father and is home to her works along with 20 other local artists and artisans.

These past years she has actively pursued plein air painting. This particular area of North Florida has inspired her creativity with its “artsy” spirit and its wonderful array of springs and historic “Old Florida”. Tina also occasionally, engages in a different medium with her realism/abstract works she enters into a variety of art exhibits for an eclectic body of work. This rounds out her love to pursue new and fun creative adventures.

I paint in a realist style…realism that your soul can feel. I love to evoke emotion in the natural beauty of things, inclining to paint in bold colors and extend on nature’s brilliance. When painting en Plein Air I am traveling on an art journey in a way that I never thought possible. I look forward to each paintout with exciting anticipation.  The pull to capture, artistically, the essence of nature or a historical site, is an adrenaline rush each time I step outside to paint.


Charles Dickinson
Charles Dickinson

St. Augustine, Florida

Charles Dickinson is a graduate of Paier School of Art with an additional two years of study at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Connecticut. Charles has always felt most comfortable in nature and began to paint on location early in his education. He has continued to study nature first hand throughout his career. He has worked as a professional plein air artist for more than forty years.

Charles is collected by private collectors internationally and often participates in invitational and juried paint outs year round. Dickinson is an award-winning artist whose most recent award was Best in Show in St. Augustine, FL in 2019. His favorite subjects are varied and range from pure landscape, to marine, to architectural scenes, and to the unexpected compositions found in a plein air landscape.

Dickinson says he is challenged and inspired to create quality and lasting beauty in his work that reflects his love of nature and his love of exploring the pictorial possibilities nature provides.

I have been an artist my entire life. My earliest memories of childhood were drawing with my father and I have never stopped. I get excited about the process of coming upon a scene or an idea and then getting to work creating my interpretation of that inspiration.

I have intently concentrated on plein air painting for the past forty years because it gives me endless subject matter and allows me to work surrounded in nature. I enjoy the personal challenge to capture the fleeting moments of light in a constantly changing environment. Recording the history of our landscape is an important component and making contributions to preserving the landscape and culture of this world brings me great satisfaction. My plan is to continue to grow, study, and work.


Elisabeth Ferber
Elisabeth Ferber

Mt. Dora, Florida

Elisabeth Ferber was born in Belleville, Illinois but spent most of her adult life in Central Florida. Born of artistic parents and having spent much of her childhood in Europe, Elisabeth was exposed to a very classical art background which in turn influenced her current style.

My artwork can best be described as “classical representational”. I do not seek to change what is, but to paint it and present it as I perceived it at the time. I strive to create a painting that shows the beauty and character of wildlife and/or landscapes.

Although I do paint a little of everything, wildlife and their landscapes are my favorite. My landscapes are painted from life whenever possible and the wildlife is studied and photographed by myself. My goal is to capture scenes in the hope that others will see and appreciate the land that we have today.

Elisabeth is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Florida and Central Florida Plein Air Artists.


Martha Ferguson
Martha Ferguson

St. Augustine, Florida

Martha is an award-winning artist and has enjoyed painting in plein air ever since moving from the Jersey Shore to sunny Florida. She received a BA in Art from Flagler College, studied at the Art Student League in NYC and continues to learn by attending various workshops from master painters. Martha’s style is impressionistic, painting
primarily in oil and watercolor.

Martha has been juried into several national shows including NOAPS, American Impressionist Society and Bold Brush. Her most recent accomplishments are; acceptance to the NOAPS “Best of America 2021” and an invitation for a six week, solo show, “Beyond The Crowds”, at the Lightner Museum in St Augustine, FL, June 2022.

My inspiration comes from the familiar subjects that surround me. I love to paint the scenes of old gritty towns, capturing the feel of the area and the locals that walk the quaint streets. I am often drawn to architecture and the way the light comes through the subject. I want my paintings to be more than a likeness but an experience or a nostalgic feel. I can walk by the same scene many times and then all of a sudden there is a moment that tells a story. That’s what I seek to capture. That’s when the painting is successful!


Scott Hiestand
Scott Hiestand

Ormond Beach, Florida

Scott, a resident of Ormond Beach, Florida, is an avid plein air painter and creator of various bird and fish sculptures made from wire and various finishes.

Upon obtaining his art degree in Philadelphia, Scott was recruited by Hallmark Cards. He later worked for some 35 years as a graphic artist for various newspapers, including 15 years at the St. Petersburg Times, where he illustrated the outdoors pages.

Scott’s work has been recognized throughout the United States. He is a State of Indiana upland game bird stamp contest winner; was selected for the Paint America National Gallery Tour; and designed the Florida Bass Fish automobile license plate. Scott’s works are in many private and corporate collections.


Stewart Jones
Stewart Jones

Orlando, Florida

Stewart Jones began drawing at an early age. In his high school years he enjoyed art classes and mechanical drawing, then went on to attend Ferris State University in Michigan where he graduated with a degree in graphic arts. He took additional courses at college to strengthen his skills at painting in both oil and acrylic. After his college years, Jones elected to take a painting class in watercolor and thus began a rewarding career as a watercolor artist.

Stewart creates plein air paintings on a frequent basis. His love for vast open landscapes is the inspiration for many of his paintings. “I feel it is important to paint scenes of nature so that I can share that moment in time with others,” says Jones. He realizes our world is quickly changing and he takes opportunities to paint architecture and landscapes that he knows may not be here for our future generations to enjoy.

He has participated in plein air events throughout Florida and in many outdoor Art Festivals. His work is currently in the private collections of patrons and companies around the world. When not painting outdoors on location, he teaches and works out of his studio at Gallery on First in historic Sanford, Florida.

The work that I do is in the traditional realm of subject matter. I am working for a consistent style, while experiencing various subjects. I like to show work habits and a commitment to a long-term career. My goal is to see how you react personally to the paint, to the composition and to your inner relationship to the painting.

The way I find my subject is to reach into my soul and pull out the ideas behind things I’ve seen and experiences I’ve had. When looking for a painting idea, I search with a hungry mind knowing that God has given me things to see, and the re-creation of these things on paper is up to me.

I want the viewer to move into the painting, both physically and emotionally. If your personal vision is strong enough, light and texture captured on paper in watercolor can speak through any image.

There are so many ways to portray art with watercolor. When I paint recognizable subjects, I feel that they should resemble the real thing, but they do not need to be an exact reproduction. Painting my subject in watercolor should enhance its beauty and show the endless variations of watercolor techniques I have applied to the paper. The most important thing I have learned is to have my own uniqueness of vision.


Shawn Dell Joyce
Shawn Dell Joyce

Montgomery, NY

Shawn Dell Joyce was born in Texas in 1965 and grew up on the border in Brownsville Tx. She worked in her family’s citrus orchards until an unseasonable frost killed the trees in 1982. This loss changed the trajectory of her career from farmer to artist. She went to art school at University of North Texas in Denton, and studied Semiotics with artist Vernon Fisher, then transferred to San Francisco Art Institute in 1987. Her real education happened as an artist’s apprentice in SoHo section of NY where she worked in several artist’s studios until leaving the city for the beautiful farmlands North of the city and began teaching plein air classes in 2000, and continues weekly to this day. She founded a plein air school with an Arts and Agricultural mission based on the historic Hudson River School, called the Wallkill River School of Art. It still exists today as a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of bringing cultural tourism to the Hudson Valley region through plein air painting workshops and events on local farms, historic sites and open spaces. Joyce has won many prestigious awards for plein air painting, and is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Plein Air Magazine, Plein Air Podcast with Eric Rhoads, Pastel Journal Magazine, Tampa Bay Magazine. She is represented by six galleries around the country including Wallkill River School in NY, Woodfield Fine Art in St. Pete, and Lakeside Inn Gallery in Mount Dora, FL. She teaches workshops in pastel and plein air techniques across the country in Staunton, VA, Olana, NY, Tampa Bay Florida, and is included in museum collections in the Georges Pompidou Museum in France and the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

When you paint the landscape, you see it the way an artist sees. You slow down and study it, fall in love with it, notice things that you would never see from a car window on the highway. My goal is to connect people viscerally with the land, and give them a reason to preserve it, and make stakeholders out of tourists and commuters.

There’s a reason so many people are attracted to Florida; the wild birds, the beautiful beaches and bayous, but these same areas are under pressure of development by population growth, and climate change. I hope to chronicle this time and place in my work. I continue to use creative placemaking in my work. Focusing on lost Florida landscapes and minimizing the human footprint on wild places.


Chris Kling
Chris Kling

Stuart, FL

Chris states, Being an artist is not just my career. It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do. I work in oil primarily in a contemporary impressionistic style. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to evoke an emotional connection with others. I love to paint plein air which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation from life. Painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us.

Ms. Kling has received numerous awards from shows for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the southeastern region of the United States and with the Portrait Society of America. She has been honored “Best of Shows” for landscapes and several awards for her work in festivals and competitions. She has received hundreds of commissions for oil portraits and landscapes and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States as well as in international collections. Those collections include the paintings of John Peyton, Mayor of Jacksonville, FL and Dr. John Trainer, President of Bolles School. She served as one of the “Florida’s Finest Ambassadors” for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air 2018 in Apalachicola, and was an Invited Artist the last five years in the New Smyrna Paint Out, Delray Plein Fun Fest 2019, and won Best Seascape in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2019. For several years she has participated in the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival and in March she is again an invited artist in 2022. Chris was chosen to be Cover Artist for the New Smyrna Beach Paint Out in 2022. And she was recently given the honor of MartinArts Visual Arts for 2021! She currently teaches Oil Portraiture, Figurative, and Plein Air Workshops through the Artist’s Nook in Stuart and the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.

Chris is a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, NOAPS, Martin Artisans Guild, and Plein Air Palm Beach. Chris has work in several galleries in Florida and you may see her work on Facebook at Chris Kling Studio and at her website, chrisklingartist.com. She is represented by Palm City Art and Frame and is owner, along with her family, of Kling Gallery, Wine & Decor of Stuart, FL.


Robert Leedy
Robert Leedy

Jacksonville, Florida

Robert Leedy concentrates in the medium of watercolor. Originally from Winter Haven, Florida, Leedy grew up in Jacksonville and holds a BFA in Art from Valdosta State University. Leedy is an active plein air painter and creates much of his work outdoors. He teaches classes and workshops at his studio in the CoRK Arts District and holds an annual watercolor workshop in Italy.

Leedy’s paintings celebrate the intrinsic qualities of watercolor – fluidity, transparency, vibrant and granulating color.

Color & light are the important common denominators in my work. Whether the subject is architectural, figurative, a landscape, still life or non-representational – bold, often pure, luminous color reigns throughout the composition.

The unpredictability of the medium attracts me. I enjoy the unexpected decisions and challenges that arise during the painting process. I enjoy the discovery process and quirky nature of the medium and give it room to lead the direction of the painting to some extent. Keeping it spontaneous and open for forks in the road, I am merely a guide for a wonderful medium.


Barbara Ortiz
Barbara Ortiz

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Capturing a moment that resonates with her by sharing that moment through the use of light and shadow, textures and edges in her representational oil paintings and pastel paintings is the reason she paints.

She enjoys the challenge of working in Plein Air due to the ever-changing light. Holding onto that original visual image and incorporating a sense of time, weather, and place takes observation and study. There is an intimacy with nature. Barbara says, “ This is my happy place.”


Joe Palmerio
Joe Palmerio

Sarasota, Florida

Joe was born Aug. 12, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pa. He has been a resident of Sarasota for 30 years. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa. 1979, studied landscape painting with Lou Sloan, and the Barnes Foundation, Lower Merion, Pa. Studied Sculpture at the Frudakis Academy, and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He also starred in the short Art film “A Lot in Common”, which played in the Sarasota Film Festival, 2011. He taught painting in community arts centers in Philadelphia, and Colorado, and spent seven years teaching physically challenged adults, in Philadelphia. He presented a highly acclaimed seminar at the St. Bridget Arts Council on Venetian Painting Techniques in Philadelphia. He was the Artist In Residence for the Everglades National Park, Florida and the Great Sand Dune National Park, Colorado. He has been jurying shows since the mid 80’s. He has had numerous TV appearances and interview on NPR Arts Edition, by Amy Tardiff. Recently won a Merit award for NOAPS small works show at McBride gallery, Annapolis Md.’20, And exhibiting in their National show at Cutter and Cutter Gallery, Nov. ’20.

He is in numerous private collections, throughout the country. He is represented by Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota, Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna, and Cortille Gallery, Provincetown, Ma. He has won numerous awards for his plein air paintings.

Joe’s paintings emphasize a soft brushwork that captures the fleeting moments of nature.


Antwan Ramar
Antwan Ramar

Orlando, Florida

Originally from rural Wisconsin, Antwan Ramar has always been inspired by nature’s beauty. Antwan started his career as a Caricaturist. Learning the art portraiture as an adolescent, Antwan put himself through art school drawing people face-to-face. Antwan studied art in Southern California in a classical atelier. Under teachers with extensive experience in their fields, Antwan’s aspirations were leading him toward concept art for film and TV. His classes were rich with fundamental drawing and painting, giving him a strong appreciation for the disciplines of representationalism. After several years of working as a professional commercial artist for companies such as Royal Caribbean Cruises, Universal Studios, and Pepsi, Antwan began to oil paint on location while hiking and traveling. Over time, Antwan became acquainted with the wonderful Plein Air community and was inspired to begin painting full-time in 2016.

Although Antwan still does freelance work, he is primarily a painter, splitting his time between the studio and plein air works. He loves to paint during his extensive travels, but spends most of his time in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Looking for more than “idealized” subject matter, I observe the dynamics of shapes and light to show a more unorthodox beauty. I tell stories of ephemeral moments through an atmospheric light and authenticity that evokes emotion and connection. I am always looking for the subtle poetry of each subject, trying to paint “adjective” not the “noun” of the scene. I take a contemporary approach to representational painting.


Patrick Rausch
Patrick Rausch

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Patrick grew up with tropical and ocean surroundings. Numerous visits since childhood to the Florida Keys and years of diving and sailing along with having a home in the Ocala National Forest for a number of years has had a strong and lasting influence on the subjects Patrick chooses to paint.

From beautiful cloud formations at sunset, to a quaint cottage in the Keys, to tranquil back country landscapes, to soothing seascapes, he finds and captures a feeling that relates to the beauty around us.

Patrick has been sharing and teaching others to paint for over 10 years and currently teaches classes at The Artists’ Workshop in New Smyrna Beach.

I have been painting and drawing most of my life and
continue to get a thrill every time I paint. In addition, I get a great deal of satisfaction sharing with others what others have shared with me. Painting and drawing are very teachable and in time, creativity will follow and flow.


Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Coming from a family of artists, I have been associated with painting and the art business for many years. My dad was a well-known water colorist in our area and taught me how to draw and paint at an early age. As years went by and his health declined I would take him on long countryside drives where we would stop and paint or take
photos of the old barns and landscapes that he loved so

I majored in art at our local junior college and throughout my career studied under some of the artist that I admired, such as Donny Finley, Dmitry Proshkin, Roger Dale Brown, Greg LaRock and Jason Saunders.

I became very active in my art business in 1984 while also working in the steel industry. I participated in many juried shows and art events. In 2006 I opened Craig Reynolds’ Studio and Gallery at which time I became a full time professional artist. I believe that being an artist is a never-ending learning process and I continuously experiment with new techniques and design principles.


Don Sondag
Don Sondag

Maitland, Florida

Don Sondag was encouraged and supported by his parents at a young age to pursue his love of art. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and studied portraiture at The National Academy of Design and Art Student League in New York City. Don paints with oil using a variety of brushes and palette knives and works both en plein-air, on location and in his studio from sketches and photographs.

Landscapes as well as commissioned illustration and portraiture drove his early career. Don has created illustrations for Harcourt School Publishers, portraits of numerous prominent Central Florida figures including college presidents, deans and professors from Rollins College, University of Central Florida, Florida Southern College and Seminal Community College; many CEO’s and top executives of major companies as well as many influential individuals and families of the area, including Central Florida’s beloved Fred Rogers of the children’s television show: “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”.

Don’s love of the water and nature developed during his childhood days growing up on the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. His seamless talent for strategic placement of light, color and texture onto the canvas transports the viewer into the natural world. His perspective and selection of locale emphasizes the importance of the natural environment. Don’s paintings transform from a rich impressionistic tapestry of color and brushwork into a photorealistic image as you gradually view the works from near to far making you feel as though you have become a part of the scene.

Teaching at Seminole Community College, Walk Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Feature Animation, and Crealde School of Art allows Don to share his love of painting and encourage and guide both emerging and experienced artists. Don’s 28-year association with McRae Art Studio allowed him to work amongst Central Florida’s esteemed artists and refine his work.

Don’s art has been exhibited in many juried art festivals and plein-air competitions including Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Carmel Art Festival-Plein Air, Paradise Paint Out Islamorada Florida, Winter Park Paint Out at the Polasek-Plein Air and Images Art Festival New Smyrna Beach. His work has been featured on posters for the Winter Park Art Festivals, Winter Park Paint Out, Gamble Rogers Casa Feliz House and graced the covers of publications for the Winter Park Land Trust and the Winter Park Magazine. His large landscapes of Winter Park and Orlando are prominently displayed at country clubs, hospitals and living communities.

Group shows have included Lyrical Harmonies: Landscape Paintings at Alice and Williams Jenkins Gallery, Crealde School of Art, McRae Art Studios, Casselberry Art House, The Lake Apopka Project, Orlando City Hall, Leesburg Art Center and Gallery at Avalon Island.

Don was honored to be featured in a solo exhibit “Venetian Canals of Winter Park: The Art of Don Sondag”, at the Albin Polasek Museum from Dec 2019-April 2020.

I grew up in Winter Park Florida. I have long enjoyed the landscape of the chain of lakes and canals. I am also fond of the many weekends spent at New Smyrna Beach enjoying the beach, sun and ocean.

My paintings are oil on canvas. The larger paintings are done in my studio and the smaller landscapes are painted on location (plein air).

I like the work of plein air painters and the photo realists. My large-scale landscapes combine both these artists’ techniques.

I enjoy the challenge of capturing the outdoors and color. While painting the different scenes, I think about the paint quality, in other words, how the paint is layered on the canvas. All sizes of brushes and palette knives are used to achieve this.


Ruth Squitieri
Ruth Squitieri

Port Orange, Florida

Ruth Squitieri was born and raised in a small town in Germany, before settling in Florida in her early 20s. She always had art in her life. While her family was very musical, she was the only one who always had a pencil or brush in her hand. After painting a lot in watercolor and acrylics, she discovered oils about 20 years ago. In 2008 she took her first plein air workshop and has been hooked to on-site painting ever since. Ruth currently includes quick pen and ink sketches in her repertoire, especially when traveling. She is now focusing on urban sketching with pen and ink washed over with fun splashes of watercolor.

Ruth loves to share her talent and knowledge and has been doing demos at artists’ groups as well as during paintout/plein air festivals in the Central Florida area for many years. She is a sought-after instructor at the Artists Workshop in New Smyrna Beach, teaching principles of Composition and Perspective along with an intensive immersion into art for beginners, head and figure drawing, and pen and ink sketching.

Ruth believes that working from life allows you to put the most truthful statement onto paper, and also the most interesting. The camera doesn’t capture all the light and details in the shadows, but puts everything in focus. That is not how we see the world. To this point she studies the scene that’s in front of her and puts down what nature presents her with, carefully repositioning certain elements, eliminating others, but always focusing on the quality of light or fun details.


Sherry Whitney
Sherry Whitney

Tallahassee, Florida

Interpreting the beauty around me…

Sherry has had a lifelong interest in art. She graduated from FSU with a Bachelors in Art in 1974. As her children were growing up, she enjoyed working in watercolor and had works in several local galleries. In recent years she has gotten back into oil painting for the first time since college and has had several local shows highlighting her work. Last year she was invited to be a part of the Tallahassee artist group 10 Artists and has been busy with those activities and opportunities.

Sherry likes to paint in Alla Prima style and has really enjoyed doing Plein Air, participating in a number of workshops and paint-outs, including several with local plein air groups. She has been fortunate in the recent years to be an invited participant in the Wekiva Springs Paintout and the New Smyrna Beach Paintout. Landscapes and portraits are her favorite subjects in somewhat impressionist style.


2022 Paint Out Cover Art
The Watcher

Artist Chris Kling paints "The Watcher"

Title: The Watcher
: Chris Kling

This painting is so iconic of New Smyrna Beach and the colors are irresistible to paint! The title came about because this Lifeguard was always on close watch for the lives of the swimmers who, even though the orange flag was out, may not be aware of the danger of rip tides.

Frequently, he was whistling and waving his flags for oblivious swimmers to get out of the constantly occurring rip tides that day. Eagle eye and alert, he moved his stand three times to stay close to the retreating water and was always the faithful watcher.

What a debt we owe these faithful watchers, our Lifeguards!

Our Mission:

"To protect and restore Florida's coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."