Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Savanna Afternoon

Savanna Afternoon
16"x12", 2010; Original oil on gessoed hardboard; professionally framed and ready to hang. 
This scene depicts a typical Florida savanna landscape where rivers wind through the grasslands and Egrets dot the landscape.

This region of coastal Florida has attracted artists forever... and is home to many artist groups and communities.  The area is a wildlife artist’s dream: to paint in secluded exotic and pristine ecosystems teeming with tropical flora and fauna... and is my new challenge for a series of larger studio paintings… as we are just upriver from where the famous Florida Highwaymen lived and painted in a style sometimes referred to as the Indian River School.
I've worked with listed artist Ahmed S. Eltemtamy (who was greatly influenced by A. E. Backus and studied with Sam Newton) at his studio & gallery located very near to the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, a designated American Byway that crosses nearby rivers and continues along the Atlantic Ocean; through ancient oak and palm canopies breaking into cypress swamps, lakes, hardwood hammocks, salt marshes, and estuaries - home to many tropical birds and wildlife species.

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