In fall 2020 and winter 2020-2021 I was in Dunedin, Florida and the pandemic didn't allow for indoor socializing so I walked around taking pictures of the beach, the bay, and sunset. I was mesmerized by the palm trees, the beautiful sky, the clouds and the colors at sunset.
Painting landscapes is new for me because I am an abstract portrait painter. I have never done landscapes and have been wanting to try doing it. I did about ten paintings and then decided I could do this and knew that I wanted to approach them from a portrait perspective. Instead of painting a person, I approached the beach (or sky or sunset or trees) as the subject of my painting (the sitter) and am really happy with what I have done so far.
I am studying Fauvism because the colors are bright, fresh and fit perfectly with the colors of Florida. In the begining I studied John Marin's beach paintings for inspiration with my oil pastel paintings. What works for me is to mix colors because using them straight from the tube doesn't always give me the Florida look, feel and color that I want. For inspiration I am using the photographs I took plus a few other photograhs I found with compositions I like - none of my paintings look like the photographs because I changed so much.