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As a Florida native and graduate of University of Florida in Fine Arts, Judy refined her painting skills while teaching art. Making the shift into the professional art world, Judy is passionate about preserving the natural environment of Florida through herpaintings.
With a story behind every painting, Judy’s Florida landscapes have been in many juried exhibits and featured in publications. Selected exhibits include Orlando Magazine’s Paint the Town shows, Artists Registry Members Juried Exhibits, Florida Museum of Art Biennial Exhibits, Orlando Museum of Art Members Visions, Fredlund Gallery Florida Artists Exhibit, and voted Best in Show at Country Club of Orlando’s Art Show. Her paintings are currently sold at the Orlando Museum of Art, Let Us Frame It Gallery Shop, and the Arts Hub.
Judy was featured as a Winter Park Magazine Cover Artist 2010, in the Best of America OIl Artists Vol II 2010, and as book cover artist of the Little Book Of Healing Prayers by Doris Matthews. Her paintings are also featured in the Best of the Best Oil Artists 2012 by Kennedy Publishing.
Kathy Bensabat received her BS from Florida State University and her BFA from Louisiana State University. She also studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and with several regional artists. Kathy’s work can been seen at the Ta Da Gallery in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Kathy’s artwork has been exhibited in local, regional and national shows and she has painted a number of commissioned portraits and other pieces during her career.
“Most of our family vacations have centered around the ocean. We love the water. The water for me holds a beauty I try to capture in my paintings. Both my oils and watercolors center around travels we have taken in the Caribbean. My oils depict specific places in the islands and I try to capture the beautiful colors of the ocean and the varied landscapes. The poured abstract watercolors are from images in my mind of the sea. The pigment is poured again and again until I get the rich colors that are so difficult to obtain in watercolor. The fish paintings show the beauty of under the water. Hope you enjoy.”
A sunny scene by the sandy shores of a beach, which could disputably be somewhere in South Florida, is shimmering with a veneer of euphoria-like joy and a sense of freedom. The limber palm trees, the mysteriously inviting blue ocean and the widely open skies all look familiar.
Anne Marie Brown’s work can essentially pass as Realist art. There is no exaggeration in her depiction of nature and the scenes are undeniably commonplace. Nonetheless, something in her work seems wonderfully unfaithful to the trivial reality. Each work of art she produces looks like snapshots taken from a bygone vacation - thee perfect vacation.
Anne Marie exhibits throughout South Florida and along the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is a member of and exhibits with the Delray Art League in Veterans Park, Atlantic Ave. & the Intracoastal in Delray Beach. She has exhibited numerous other venues such as the Karen Ledbetter Galleries, Bonnet House, Crest Theater, Greight Spaces, Arts Arena, Lake Worth Art League, My Own Cruising Journal and numerous other locations.
Elisabeth Ferber was born in Belleville, Illinois but spent most of her adult life in Central Florida. Born to 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 landscapes. Although I do paint a little of everything, wildlife and 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. She was the cover artist for the Canaveral Natl Seashore paintout in November 2011 and the Wekiva Paintout artist for 2009. In addition, she was featured as the cover artist of Winter Park Magazine and is listed in the Best of America Oil Artists book. Two of her paintings are also featured in the book, Along the Wekiva by Jim Robison.
Since childhood, Mark Hadley has always aspired to be an artist. His initial taste of notoriety was in fifth grade, when his first watercolor painting was published in a book. He is a self-taught artist winning multiple awards including Best Horror and Best Black and White at his favorite show, Dragon*Con. His use of vibrant acrylics ranging from Fantasy to Traditional makes his style stand out in multiple galleries across Florida and Atlanta. Mark’s diverse background also consists of black and white scratchboard illustrations, which is a rare media of fine arts, but capable of more fine detail than any other media.
Mark Hadley’s work can be found in collections all over the world. He has also designed apparel and countless marketing pieces for name brand companies, such as Fox Films, Harley Davidson, and Warner Brothers. He has donated pieces to numerous charities, created murals including one for the movie Jackass 2, and his favorite project was painting a 10’ Gibson Guitar that was featured on Fox News.” Since childhood, Mark Hadley has always aspired to be an artist. His initial taste of notoriety was in fifth grade, when his first watercolor painting was published in a book.
Stewart Jones is a watercolor artist, specializing in the many diverse faces of nature. Born in Panama City, Florida, Jones moved to Ohio when he was very young. His love for vast open landscapes became the inspiration for many of his paintings. After high school, he attended Ferris State University where he studied commercial art. Knowing the abundant Florida landscape would provide him with great inspiration, Jones was happy to return to his home state in the 1980s after traveling to areas such as the Carolinas, Tennessee, Utah, the Midwest, and the New England states.
Stewart feels that it is important to paint scenes of nature so that he can share and perpetuate those moments in time with others. His paintings hang in many residences across the world and in local sports resturants, such as “The Artistic Hand” in Oviedo, Florida, and “Stone’s Throw Bistro” in Sanford, Florida. Stewart finds it more natural to capture the beauty of nature in watercolor. In fact, he served as the president of the Central Florida Watercolor Society for a season.
For the last 30 years, Larry Moore has become an expert in en plain air-painting outdoors. Moore launched his career as a professional illustrator for 25 years, leading to a highly successful painting career. Among his succesful career, he has won numerous awards including 2008 Collectors choice awards at Laguna Invitational, 2009 Artists choice award for Maui Islanders plein air, and 2005 Gold Medal from Society of Illustrators. Moore has a “huge passion for nature having grown up on a river right next to the ocean with nothing but islands and wildlife behind my house. To paint the great outdoors is to give homage to nature and maybe give the viewers of the paintings a reminder of what as and what could still be.”
A gradute from the University of Florida with a BA in Fine Arts in graphic design, Moore’s artworks hang in collections, such as the city of Orlando, Central Florida Historical Museum, and Canaverel Port Authority. His goal in painting, “whether in studio or outdoors, is to achieve enough honesty in the work that the painting becomes a window to a new place for the viewer, a place of rest.”
As the daughter of an artist, it became second nature for B. Renee to have a paint brush in her hand. Growing up in the middle of what seemed like nowhere and not having electricity when she was growing up, Renee had a lot of time to spend outside walking through the woods and observing nature; mainly trees. Instead of playing with video games and watching TV shows, Renee spent time outdoors.“This sort of freedom I had from such things as constant entertainment, e.i. tv/computers/games I believe led me to become an artist through my adult years. From the time I was little I loved making things; I wanted whatever I could get my hands on. Paint, crayons, pencils, fabric, clay, something. I’m very inspired by the earth and nature and it is a subject matter often reflected in my art.”
Participating in various art shows across the nation, Renee has established a loyal following. She primarily works with acrylics, but loves exploring with new techniques and different types of media. “My feelings tend to relate to my art at the time of creation. As I grow in life and in art, my style expands and adapts as well. I look forward to passionately continuing my career in fine art.” She continues to resides in Florida, but is always on the move, showcasing her work in art shows across the board.
Originally from Chicago, Cindy Sturla moved to Winter Springs in 1982. She majored in fine arts at the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Europe for several years. Traveling to Europe’s great cities, immersing herself in the culture, and visiting the cathedrals, museums, and galleries was as one the greatest educational experiences she could have had. It influenced her love of the Impressionists particularly.When Cindy moved to Florida, its natural beauty and marvelous light motivated her to start working in watercolor. She finds that the luminous quality of watercolor works beautifully with the light and color here in Florida. Like the Impressionists, Cindy started painting “en plein air” (or in the open air) after taking a landscape painting class at Crealde, where she met a group of women who shared her passion about painting Florida landscape. This group of painters continues today and has grown to 30+ active members.
Cindy has been painting in watercolor for 15 years. Her work has been exhibited in juried art festivals, group and solo gallery shows, and invitational paint outs around the state. Cindy’s awards include the Taste of Oviedo poster award in 2002 and 2007, as well as awards from numerous gallery and juried shows. She recently started teaching classes in watercolor painting at Gallery on First. Cindy maintains a studio with Stewart Jones where she displays her paintings and continues studio work.