I love the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Panhandle. The beach is my happy place, and my home. This series was started right after the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010 as a way to process the devastation from the event. When I began I had in mind to paint this place- the Sand, Sea and Sky as beautiful as it was before the spill. I called it my ‘Year of Ocean’ with the intention of creating 365 paintings in total. Currently there are 161 paintings in existence. I will continue to add to it as time goes on and as the muse moves me. My working approach is a painterly style with emphasis on color, movement and mood rather than any form of realism. As I’ve moved through the years with this series some of the paintings have developed with a higher level of depiction and then some have gone completely the other way with stronger emphasis on abstraction. I paint intuitively so I almost always just go with the flow, letting the day, the scene or the mood influence how each paintings wants to be.
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I was thrilled to have my Ocean Moods painting included in the incredible design work by Erika McPhearson Powel of Urban Grace Interiors shown below in the February 2020 issue of Southern Living Magazine