The Pursuit of Happiness is Written in Our DNA 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal by their Creator, that they are endowed with certain inalienable Rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

Amelia Island Lighthouse

I traveled less than 2 hours to paint my first lighthouse.

Lofty words from the US Constitution. I read somewhere that the “Pursuit of Happiness” is written in Americans’ DNA—we are wired never to be content. To always be grasping for something more, is this the American Dream? Or perhaps it is the foundation of our capitalist society. Or maybe it is what propels that American spirit within us to achieve the greater good. 

Trinity Lightship in London.

I journeyed to London to paint this lightship.

I thought of this recently as I prepared for my Retrospective Exhibit called the “Pursuit of Happiness.” Sometimes times we are like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz looking for happiness in distant places. But often our happiness is found within arms reach or by the click of two heels. I’ve traveled the world pursuing happiness only to find it eluding me. Now, however I’ve discovered that for me happiness is simplicity. It is a life devoid of the distractions of consumerism and just simply pursuing God, serving others and quietly dipping my brush in paint. 


Coast Guard Families Need Your Help 

Amelia Island Lighthouse, Florida

The Coast Guard is responsible for the functioning of the beacon at Amelia Island Lighthouse on Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Looking for practical ways to help those impacted by the government shutdown. Donations are needed by The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. They assist Coast Guard members and their families with unexpected financial expenses. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military not being paid during the government shutdown. All donations are appreciated. Check out the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance website for more details.

Everybody but the Coast Guard 

Hillsboro Lighthouse

Hillsboro Lighthouse in Florida is manned by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that is not being paid during the government shut down. They save lives and help those at peril on the high seas. Now their lives are in peril.

The Coast is Clear

Picture of Amelia Island Lighthouse.

Amelia Island Lighthouse is Florida’s oldest lighthouse.

The “Coast is Clear” for a new breathtaking look at my lighthouse paintings. I’m celebrating the relaunch of my website with a holiday sale. I’ve made my site easier to navigate. I relaunched it after finishing a series of businesses classes. 

Picture of Trinity Ligghtship.

Trinity Lightship is located at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, UK.

I enrolled in SCORE’s (Service Corps of Retired Executives) free workshops on “Marketing Your Business.” I also took SCORE’s workshops on “Defining Your Target” and “Increasing Profitability.” Today I just completed the class “Selling Items Online” conducted by my local library. Besides the relaunching of my website, I look forward to implementing what I’ve learned and enhancing my community. What an exciting way to end the year! 

Reflections at St. Marks Lighthouse 

My painting of St. Marks Lighthouse.

My painting of St. Marks Lighthouse.

It was a time for me to reflect before the New Year began. I painted this lighthouse after spending a subdued day in quiet meditation.  In my moments of solitude, I thought of St. Marks Lighthouse. Quietly tucked away on Florida’s gulf coast it is a few miles and a world away from Tallahassee. Away from the hustle bustle of the capital,  Apalachee Bay is a reflection of what Florida is really about. Salt marshes, pine forest, egrets make for a picturesque backdrop. It’s a nature lovers paradise with eagles, alligators, bitterns, ducks, herons, ibises and more. 

A view from St. Marks Lighthouse.

A view from St. Marks Lighthouse.

A day from the hustle and bustle of life reminded me what life was really about. 

A lady pauses to take a photo of St. Marks Lighthouse.

The St. Marks Lighthouse recently reopened after being closed for renovations for 6 months. It is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Florida. It is listed on the National Register. The keeper’s house is attached to the 88 foot tower.

Winning Strategies For Art Basel Miami Beach 

A painting by Barkley Hendricks

I saw a painting by Barkley Hendricks one of my favorite contemporary artists at Art Basel Miami Beach.

With over 200 galleries vying for attention at the Miami Beach Convention Center, it is easy to get lost in the maze of outstanding artwork if one does not have a game plan. When I went to Art Basel again, I came up with a winning strategy. 

A painting by Kehinde Wiley.

A painting by Kehinde Wiley who recently painted the official portrait of Former President Obama.

First a few days before Art Basel, I surveyed a list of artists participating from information on the internet. I then made a list of the artists whose works I admired. 

Second, I went into a different entrance. I entered on Washington Avenue— shorter lines and indoors. Talk about a new approach! 

Third, I charted my course for the day’s venture by pairing my list of artists with their galleries. I received valuable assistance from the knowledgeable staff at the information desk. 

A painting by Pablo Picasso.

I had time to stop by the Salon to look at works by old Masters.

Finally, my visit was more focused and meaningful. I had time to look at other artists not on my list at the Convention Center and the energy to go visit the dozens of pop up galleries in Miami Beach. Simple strategies that work! 

Golden Memories for the holidays

Flagler Memorial Church in St. Augustine, Florida

My painting “Golden Memories. “

Recognized as one of the 20 most beautiful churches in America, Flagler Memorial Church lives up to its reputation. Located in St. Augustine, Florida the church was built by Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler. It was constructed in 1889 in honor of Flagler’s daughter who died in childbirth. The Tiffany-style stained glass adorns this magnificent edifice. 

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