Nourish your spirit and reconnect with Nature 

Egmont Key Lighthouse

Egmont Key Lighthouse is located at Egmont Key Wildlife Preserve near Tampa, Florida.


According to the National Wildlife Refuge, “there is at least one Refuge in each state and one within a one hour’s drive of most major cities” offering a peaceful, accessible and welcome retreat. 
St Marks Lighthouse

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge in Florida is a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.


The National Wildlife Refuge System is a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve fish, wildlife and plants in the United States. More than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptiles and amphibian species, and more than 200 species of fish are found within Wildlife Refuges. 

For more information on visiting or finding a Wildlife Refuge near you, visit ExploreWildlifePreserve.

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Take A Hike 

St. Marks Lighthouse

St. Marks is located at St. Marks Wildlife Preserve 30 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida.

Today is National Take A Hike Day. Visit your favorite park and enjoy the great outdoors. Check out my Paint the Parks page for a list of parks with lighthouses.

During a hike at St. Mark Wildlife Refuge, you may see deer, wild turkeys, owls, amphibians, reptiles and more. Enjoy a scenic breathtaking view of Florida’s wetland and outdoor recreation. Established in 1931, St. Marks is a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. During a hike, you may see deer, wild turkeys, owls, amphibians, reptiles and more. 

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse is located at Bug Light Park in South Portland, Maine.


Save a park and lighthouse. When you buy art on my Paint the Parks page 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. 

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Save Green while going Green

Anclote Key Lighthouse

Explore the quaint seaside town of Tarpon Springs, before catching a tour boat to Anclote Key.


When I painted the Anclote Key Lighthouse, I thought about the signs that I had read along the nature trail leading there. They warned that Florida’s natural habitat was being endangered by invasive erotics. These erotics threaten the vibrant ecosystem that supports some of Florida’s great wildlife, such as manatees, sea turtles and shore birds. This inspired me to used green in the painting to symbolize Florida’s lush natural habitat and to add a few palms trees that were prevalent on the tropical island near Tampa, Florida. 

Anclote is the Spanish word for anchor. The Anclote Key Lighthouse was built in 1887. The tower was fabricated in the north and shipped to the island. It took just three months to assemble it.

St. Marks Lighthouse is located at St. Marks Wildlife Preserve, FL.

St. Marks Lighthouse is located at St. Marks Wildlife Preserve, Florida.


Save a park and lighthouse. Buy a print of Anclote Key Lighthouse and other prints on my Paint the Parks page; 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support Refuge programs and projects. Join me in Paint the Parks effort to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. For more information, visit my website at elainemarieartist.com

Art with A Purpose 

Cape Florida Lighthouse

Often ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the US, Cape Florida State Park has it all. Palm trees offer an idyllic setting for kayaking, swimming & exploring nature. The iconic Cape Florida Lighthouse is the oldest structure in South Florida.

“Purposeful and Playful” that’s how a lady characterized my art during my “Voices of Lighthouses” aboard the Lilac Preservation Project in Manhattan, New York. 

I’m so happy she understood the heart of my art…”Purposeful and Playful.” I try my best to promote the preservation of lighthouses in a playful manner. Lighthouse preservation is serious business. But it feels good to help promote such a worthy cause. 

St. Marks Lighthouse

Enjoy a scenic breathtaking view of Florida’s wetland and outdoor recreation at St. Marks National Refuge on the Gulf Coast. Established in 1931, St. Marks is a habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.


My partnership with Paint the Parks is a great opportunity to help a worthy cause. Donations benefit St Marks Lighthouse and St. Marks Wildlife Preserve on Florida’s gulf coast. Ten percent of the purchase of all art on my website’s Paint the Parks page goes to the non profit Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. For more details, check out my Paint the Parks page at elainemarieartist.com. To learn more about Paint the Parks, visit painttheparks.com.

Save a park and a lighthouse while saving money 

St. Marks Lighthouse is Florida's second oldest lighthouse.

St. Marks Lighthouse is Florida’s second oldest lighthouse.

Join me in Paint the Parks effort to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. Save money for a good cause; I’ve discounted prices for the holidays. 
When you buy lighthouse art on my Paint the Parks page 10% of your purchase is donated to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support Refuge programs, projects and St. Marks Lighthouse. 
St. Marks Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse surviving in Florida. The keeper’s house is attached to the 88 foot tower constructed in 1831. It is on the National Register of Historic Sites. Recently restored to its former glory, St. Marks Lighthouse reopened to the public in September 2018 and in October a relighting ceremony was held on its 88th birthday. Your donations help continue the preservation efforts at St. Marks Lighthouse.  


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Tough Breaks 


The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built after the breakwater was constructed. Normally a breakwater is built with a lighthouse. A breakwater is built to protect a coastline or inner harbor. Ironically, this breakwater became a navigational hazard to mariners sailing into the Portland Harbor. The first lighthouse was wooden and was built to warn mariners of the hazard. The current lighthouse built in 1874 replaced the decayed wooden structure. 

The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse or Bug Light is inspired by the beautiful Greek Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. It is a magnificent and unique edifice. Once the site of shipbuilding during WWII, Bug Light Park where the lighthouse is located, offers a host of outdoor recreation. 

Save big and join me in conserving a park and a lighthouse. 

I am donating 10% of the proceeds from the purchase of Bug Light and other art on my Paint the Parks page to the Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The friends group is a 501 (c) non profit corporation. All (100%) of your contributions go to support Refuge programs and projects. 

Help protect our natural resources. Paint the Parks endeavors to conserve nature for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations. 

To see more of the art on my Paint the Parks page, visit my website elainemarieartist.com

An Island Fit For A King 


Tory Island, Ireland has the distinction of having a resident, King. Besides greeting visitors, I’m not sure what his official duties are. The King of Tory rules over a small and quaint kingdom with over 130 people.  

Residents of Tory are proud of their Irish heritage. They speak Gaeltacht an ancient Irish dialect and live in a traditional village. There is a Bell Tower hailing back to the 12th century. We spent two enjoyable days on beautiful Tory Island during John Eagle’s lighthouse tour.  

After a brief ferry ride, we met the Tory Lighthouse light keeper at the Tory Hotel. We checked into our rooms then headed to the lighthouse. The Tory Island Lighthouse was established August 1, 1832.

Once at the lighthouse, we toured the grounds and posed for group pictures.

Afterwards, our group rode to the outskirts of town for a sunset tour. We witnessed a spectacular view of the mountains and the ocean.

We finally headed back to the hotel after our evening tour. From my room, I had a glimpse of the Tory Lighthouse. Before turning in for the night, I paused and watched the flashing lighthouse beam sparkle against the dreamy, dark sky.

Stop by Island Realty 667 Kingsley Avenue to see my painting of Tory Lighthouse and other art by members of the Art Guild of Orange Park.

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Open House New York: Experience, explore and enjoy 

The Little Red Lighthouse.

Kids enjoy free storytelling at the Lilac Preservation Project at Pier 25.


Meet and greet the people who design, build and preserve New York. Explore more than 250 sites across New York City. Enjoy tours, talks, performances and more. Open House New York starts October 18 and concludes October 20.

During Open House New York, visit the National Lighthouse Museum and the US Coast Guard Cutter Lilac and more.

Coast Guard Cutter Lillac.

The Lilac is America’s only steam powered lighthouse tender.

The Lilac Preservation Project kicks off the weekend with Open House New York for Kids, October 19, 2-6 pm. Get signed copies of an Art Deco coloring book inspired by New Yorker and preservationist Barbara Capitman. Join in on the fun with the “Little Red Lighthouse” free storytelling and art activities for children. Open House New York continues at the Lilac October 20, 2-6 pm. Don’t miss the Voices of Lighthouses exhibit on view during the Lilac’s Open House.

Jam for a good cause at the Beacon of Hope’s Harbor Jamm on October 20, 12-5:30 pm. Experience live entertainment, food vendors and a classic car show at the National Lighthouse Museum. Come support and celebrate recovery during this drug awareness event.

New Dorp Lighthouse

Learn about the female lightkeeper’s at New Dorp Lighthouse, Staten Island.

October 20 is the last day to see “Shattering the Lens” at the National Lighthouse Museum. The exhibit sheds light on the dynamic impact of female lighthouse keepers. It is inspired by the book “Women Who Kept the Lights” by Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford.

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Waves of Immigration 

Ambrose Lightship

New York’s 1907 Ambrose Lightship provided passage way for millions of newcomers in stark contrast to the trickle of immigrants driving today’s headlines.

We may have come on different ships but we’re in the same boat now- Martin 

Today the word “immigration” often ignites fires of controversy. New York’s 1907 Ambrose Lightship provided passage way for millions of newcomers in stark contrast to the trickle of immigrants driving today’s headlines. 

United States LV-87 Ambrose Channel or Ambrose Lightship served as a beacon marking New York Harbor’s main shipping channel. Ambrose Channel is the only shipping channel in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey. According South Street Museum where the Ambrose is anchored, “Her light was the first thing an immigrant would see as they entered New York Harbor…”

Discover the compelling story of the Ambrose Lightship in the painting “Waves of Immigration” at the “Voices of Lighthouses” exhibit. Don’t miss this FREE exhibit Sept 21-Oct 20 at the Lilac Preservation Project, docked at Pier 25. Like the pulsing rays from the lens, each painting releases the soul of a lighthouse. Featured Lighthouse Artist, Elaine Marie has visited over 80 lighthouses. This exhibit details of some her most memorable experiences through art.

See more of her evocative art the National Lighthouse Museum at “Shattering the Lens” exhibit, Sept 24-October 20. The original paintings shed light on the dynamic impact of female light keepers.

For details on the “Voices of Lighthouses” and “Shattering the Len” exhibits, visit Lilac Preservation Project

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Unsung Heroes 

St. George Lighthouse

After tumbling into the sea, a community rallied to rebuild the lighthouse.


Countless widows served briefly as light keepers without recognition and perhaps compensation. While many women served heroically alongside their husbands, some served immediately after the deaths of their husbands. Others declined an appointment as light keeper after the death of their spouses.

Ann Taylor whose husband, William Taylor, died requested to be relieved as light keeper of Cape St. George. A letter forwarded to me by Author and Historian, James Hargrove describes her plight. Anne’s spouse was the official light keeper 1849-1850.

“Shattering the Lens” an exhibit debuting Sept 24-October 20 at the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island, New York sheds light on the dynamic impact of female lighthouse keepers. The exhibit is inspired by the book “Women Who Kept the Lights” by Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford.
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For further information, visit http://lighthousemuseum.org/lectures/