Paradise CoveAcrylic on Canvas, 2018
Growing up on the island of Key West has been an inspiring journey. I’m a pastor’s daughter and one of nine children; my mother home schooled me, affording me plenty of free time to draw and paint, two of my favorite things. Key West has an artistic vibe: not only is it gorgeous and chromatic, but artists from around the world gather here and pool their knowledge. It’s easy to feed off that vibe and learn from those artists!
One thing artists here love to depict are conch houses. Cute homes constructed by Bahama immigrants in Key West during the 19th century. They get their name from the conch shell, because people from the Bahamas were said to eat lots of conch meat. As far as I know, I’m the first to paint literal ‘conch houses’ with the conch shell as the exterior of house. Key West’s symbol is the conch shell so it’s appropriate!
Living in Key West, I continue to draw inspiration from its beauty. I live with my husband, Terence (who coaches the Key West High School cross country team named, “The Conchs”) and our two sons, Atticus and Archie.
ConcharitavilleAcrylic on Canvas, 2010
An homage to Jimmy Buffet with references and inferences from his best songs.
Casa de PapaAcrylic on Wood, 2018
The Hemingway House in Key West, named using Ernest Hemingway’s popular nickname, Papa.
Sloppy Joe’sAcrylic on Canvas, 2011
One of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite places to hang out, the Duval Street location of Sloppy Joe’s, after they moved up from where Captain Tony’s is now (because they raised the rent one dollar without notice).
Octopus’s GardenAcrylic on Canvas, 2018
Created after the garden in Ringo Starr’s song of the same name. The exact longitude and latitude remain thoroughly confidential.
See my art at this gallery:
Key West Art Center
301 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040
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