Great Blue Heron Studios offers fine art, photography, and books
My early days began on the mighty St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL, swimming, boating and exploring. Later in college I studied under painter Memphis Wood; potters Charlie Brown, Toshiko Takaezu, Marilyn Taylor, Kaye Kaufmann; and watercolor artist Mun Quan. One summer was spent at Penland School of Craft making jewelry, another studying Mayan architecture throughout Mexico. I had a few careers before I took up a paintbrush, camera and pen and became a serious artist. They include:
- Director, Fashion/Special Events, May Cohens (Jax., FL; May Company; 5 years)
- VP, Corporate Communications, Baptist Health (20 years)
- NE FL Director (Jax, FL) then Special Projects for a well-respected U.S. Senator (Washington, DC) where my love of art and respect for nature’s seasons flourished
- Consultant (national/international artists, architects, entertainers, nonprofits; worked with a friend to open a 12k sf art gallery on M Street in DC’s Georgetown)
- Adventurer (crewed the H.M.S. Bounty tall ship from Jacksonville to South Street Seaport, New York, NY, and summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania); photo essay/exhibit of “The Little Monks of Bhutan” (Thimpu, Bhutan)
- Founding Director, Stetson Kennedy Foundation (Mandarin, FL) – where one evening at dusk at the Lake Beluthahatchee homestead (twice a U.S. Literary Site) of client, author and civil rights activist Stetson Kennedy, I photographed “Big Blue,” a wild Great Blue Heron sitting on a cypress limb surrounded below by a million cattails. These dual images – the heron and cattails – inspired me and, subsequently, became my logo and signature image for Great Blue Heron Studios.
- Member, National Arts Club (New York, NY)
My 7-painting suite, “The Life & Times of Florence Nightingale”, was exhibited at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. It continued on to seven more museums including the National Museum of Anthropology in Panama City, Panama, sponsored with a U.S. Embassy grant from the U.S. Ambassador to Panama with support by the French Ambassador to Panama and various Panamanian companies. During the opening I was joined by internationally known nurse theorist and nursing professor Jean Watson for a co-presentation to the Panamanian Nursing Association. I continues to speak with dr. Watson during her national nursing seminars. Subsequently, the painting suite, two Legacy Towers of Nightingale ephemera, and all my research was curated and digitized as part of the University of North Florida Memorabilia Collection: https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=findingaids
My paintings and photography offer a radiant palette of bold colors balancing spirituality and calm. Photographic essays include “The Little Monks of Bhutan”, which exhibited as my first international photography exhibition in Thimpu, Bhutan. My commune with nature is evident. I ask the viewer to participate with me on my journey through nature on canvas and paper. I share my deep understanding passion for the importance of sustaining our ecosystems, protecting and preserving our natural environment for generations to come.
For a copy of my book, “Re-Rooting: Life’s Journey”, please contact me.
Commissions are welcome
- Cattail Suite
- Healing Arts
- New Paintings
- Southern Plantations
- Timucuan Ecological Preserve