“I believe a paint brush can change the world.“
My love of lighthouses has not only transformed the way I travel, but the way I live. When I am not traveling to a lighthouse, I am often researching, painting, or writing about lighthouses.
When I recall this quote by a fellow artist, " First the rats, then the roaches, then the artists..."I now realize how it started me on my journey of painting lighthouses. My friend was talking about the demolition of buildings. After moving to Miami Beach, I discovered the Art Deco District and how it was preserved because of the passion and foresight of one woman, Barbara Capitman.
Her dedication made me reimagine my art and life. Recalling my trips to the beach as a child and my love of history, I began painting and advocating for lighthouses.
After years of faithful service, these guardians of sea are often considered obsolete. These neglected guardians were once the cornerstones of maritime commerce that developed this country.
My paintings turn these icons of neglect into monuments of beauty. Not only am I an artist but a visual storyteller. There is a tale within each lighthouse painting.
I hope my paintings will educate, inform and inspire others to join the Lighthouse Preservation Movement. Visitor donations, entrance fees and memberships help sustain lighthouses.
Lighthouses saved lives now they need to our saving.
I am a participating artist with the organization Paint the Parks. When you buy art on my Paint the Parks page 10% of your purchase goes to St. Mark National Wildlife Refuge Lighthouse.