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I just signed with Art Licensing International, Inc, a major licensing company who will now act as my exclusive agent to represent my work! What does this mean? Well hopefully, it means my art will eventually be reproduced on various products throughout the retail industry. This could be anything from home décor, gifts, cards, prints, […]
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Time To Go Home

On the road since November 12th, but now it’s time to go home! We’ve had an absolutely wonderful time seeing some of the most incredible sites you can imagine. I’m so inspired to paint beautiful places and have lots of great new photographs, small sketches and studies to help me step back in time to […]
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A Buggy Ride Through Old Town

Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States so walking through it’s Old Town was like stepping back in time. We walked down cobbled streets at our own leisurely pace instead of taking one of the many guided tours. For a ways we were able to follow along behind a horse drawn carriage […]
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Cottage Charm in Old Saint Augustine

We spent a beautiful sunny day walking through several blocks of an old Saint Augustine neighborhood to see some of its historic cottages. Below are photos of the charming examples I saw that day. I have always been drawn to Cottage Architecture which continues to be a favorite painting theme of mine.
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Tropical Captiva and Sanibel Island

Sanibel and Captiva are known for their great shelling, so I was looking forward to finding pretty new sea shells to add to my collection. Unfortunately the sea shores and beaches of this spectacular place are pretty much closed off to the public, are very crowded and require a fee to even step on to. […]
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Exploring Cedar Key

Exploring the little village of Cedar Key doesn’t take very long. The town is so small it doesn’t even have a stop light, but it‘s charm and natural beauty more than makes up for what it lacks in size. Larry picked out some island fruit for us and then we topped off a wonderful day […]
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Cedar Key Island Community

Cedar Key is an Island community with small town flavor where it is said time stands still. It is located three miles out in the Gulf of Mexico on Way Key, the largest island in the “Cedar Keys“. It has a rich history with natural beauty and is also one of the oldest bird and […]
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Local Color at Apalachicola

If you love seafood then Apalachicola, Eastpoint and nearby Carrabelle is where you’ll find the freshest ever. It’s oystermen and shrimpers go out daily in small boats to harvest some of the best to be had. Their bounty is sold “fresh caught” from small shacks along the roadways or served up in a variety of […]
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St. George Island, Florida

Today we explored St George Island from one end to the other. There is a beautifully restored lighthouse there with a unique and interesting history. Even though it was a little blustery we walked it’s beach but didn’t find many shells. They’ve been scarce since we reached the Coast, but I’m in hopes of finding […]
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A man we met…

While walking along the waters edge in Bayou La Batre we met an interesting man fishing from one of the many docks there. He said hello and we struck up a friendly conversation with him. He told us about how he had lived in this small village all his life, how much he loved it […]
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A Visit to Bayou La Batre, Alabama

We came across a small town named Bayou La Batre just before crossing over to Dauphin Island. A busy fishing village, one seemingly untouched by modern day society whose main industry revolves around the sea. There was no activity this day after Thanksgiving, but it’s colorful harbor was packed tightly with boats of every size, […]
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Meet Sassie!

I’d like to introduce you to our little dog Sassie, a treasured member of our family. She’s a Havanese, a breed which originates from Havana, Cuba. The breed is known for their robustness, joyful disposition, intelligence, fluffy coat and incredibly sweet and loving nature. She is our constant companion and loyal friend, one who tugs […]
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Historic Fort Gaines

A visit to historic Fort Gaines took us back in time. The fort, established in 1821 is the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay and for the famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Dauphin Island, AL, a charming laid back seaside community completely unspoiled by the commercial attractions one often finds along coastlines.  Our first day we enjoyed an Arts Festival being held at a local park amid ancient oaks and perfectly beautiful weather. We’re staying at a woodsy park just a short walk through palmettos and tall […]
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Early Morning Louisiana

Up before the sun and anxious to be on our way after spending the night in Iowa, Louisiana. The countryside is beautiful to see as the morning sun  illuminates the landscape.  Below are photos I took from my window as we sped along the deserted highway. Traveling to a new destination during the early morning […]
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First Stop Galveston, Texas

The first leg of our travel found us in Galveston, Texas to see some of the historic homes there before going on. We took a ferry across to the Bolivar Peninsula to see it’s landmark lighthouse before continuing on our journey.
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New Travel Plans!

Spending time in Taos earlier this year seems so long ago now, so we are anxious to be on our way again to new and beautiful destinations. We are scheduled to pick up our new Casita Travel Trailer at the Rice, TX  factory on November 12th. We will leave from there and leisurely make our […]
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Driving the Enchanted Circle

The Enchanted Circle is a scenic drive through beautiful country in New Mexico. The circle includes the mountain villages of  Red River, Quest, Taos, Cimarron, Angel Fire and Eagles Nest.  All of the towns were charming and quaint, but I think Taos was my favorite. Flowers were blooming everywhere  and the Hollyhocks were abundant. Following […]
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On the road again!

We are leaving our home here in Tyler, Texas tomorrow morning for a wonderful month of leisurely travel. It is so hot here in East Texas right now that we are definitely headed for cooler weather. We will make our way North to visit places like Taos, Durango, Mesa Verde, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bryce and […]
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Still on the Road

We have logged a lot of miles since leaving our home in Tyler, Texas. Our first stop was Santa Fe then on to Pennsylvania and from there we traveled down the Atlantic Coast to Florida. Right now we are in the seaside town of Carrabelle where we plan to stay for a couple of weeks […]
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On our way to the Pacific Coast Highway!

My husband, Larry and I left Tyler, TX September 11th traveling through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada. Finally on September 16th we reached scenic highway 1 and the spectacular Oregon Coast. We were tired but exhilarated by all the beautiful landscapes we drove through so we took a few days to rest and explore before […]
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