January 29, 2018

Its that time of the year where graduation is getting closer, I'm getting more and more excited about my future and I'm applying to grad school. In the 5 years leading up to this Spring 2018, I have walked the distance to get to know myself as an artist, an angler, a friend and an individual. I stumbled into my passion of Florida about a decade ago when I didn't know who I was or where I was going. History books enabled me to get lost in the past and dream about my ancestors and what they did. Now, I was adopted, so...

September 18, 2017

I've been stressed out. For school, we have to paint certain things. Things that I don't necessarily find fun or interesting. It takes a lot of of me to sit there for hours and paint a subject that doesn't stimulate me in any way. On days like that, its hard to go home and get right back to it. But recently I discovered something that can take my mind away from lines and perfection.

I walked into Jerry's Artarama looking for some GAC 800 and discussed with the gentleman working there what I wanted to do. He rolled hi...

July 24, 2017

A friend introduced me to this location. Allapattah. We took a drive a few months ago and ended up taking a walk through time. The reason I went with my camera was to preserve the beauty the spring brings to Old Florida country. I knew then that I'd want to come back to paint the herds of cracker cattle that roam free.

"A drive across the Martin Grade is a drive through the beauty of Old Florida – through land that time seems to have forgotten.   To the east lie barrier islands, rich lagoons, and flowing rivers that...

July 17, 2017

In my pursuits of catching Tarpon on fly, I was introduced to a girl who was on a whole new level of awesomeness in the game of fly fishing. Her name is Alex, and I learned more from her in an afternoon of fishing the flats than I did walking the beaches for an entire summer. 

Because of my passions of fishing and Florida History, I'm always on the lookout for potential painting locations. One of the last spots Alex took us to was a mangrove bank planted right on the edge of the ocean and the islands. There was a sma...

July 10, 2017

I sat on the east side of Testa's last night and painted the building and the people enjoying their meals. It was weird thinking that next Saturday (July 15th) this place is closing. The whole time I was thinking about what it was like when it first opened 96 years ago. I was also wondering if the place was haunted...it has to be right? 

I got there around 5:30 PM and the lighting was tough but nice. I forgot how hard it was to work with a light that is constantly changing. The customers would come up to me and ask a...

July 9, 2017

Tonight I will be painting (plein air) Testa's Restaurant at 221 Royal Poinciana Way. Testa's has been open and running for 96 years! I have a history there as well. I got sober there. I know that sounds weird, but the AA meetings they've had in the back has helped me get sober where I used to drink. The gas station next door was a piece of history too. I used to skateboard there and its where I bought my first pack of cigarettes.

I will be doing two paintings tonight. One while the sun is still up to capture its bea...

July 6, 2017

If you frequent Palm Beach County's Riviera Beach, I'm sure you've cruised along Broadway. What broadway has to offer is historically important but currently in limbo. It is in the process of turning a drug and hooker hub into a destination for tourists. New marina's, coffee houses, small business locations and Palm Beach's Inlet. For some reason, this process seems to be taking a long time. 

Truthfully, I like Riviera Beach's current reputation. It gives PB county a personality. It brings me memories of my old job a...

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