Maro Lorimer grew up in Bellport, on the south shore of eastern Long Island. Her father, a physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, studied painting with Gertrude Quastler and sold many of his watercolors of local scenes. Influenced by her father's enthusiasm for Quastler's approach to art, Maro started painting at a young age.
After graduating from Brown University with a degree in experimental psychology, Maro moved to Vail, Colorado. The remoteness of the rapidly growing ski area brought many creative opportunities her way. For almost thirty years, her freelance work in Vail involved many media, including radio, television, magazines, advertising and greeting card design. In this sense, "mixed media" became her way of life long before she applied it to her painting. While in Colorado, she studied watercolor painting, with rita derjue, and, as a result of acceptance into juried shows in Denver, became a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.
Moving to Florida in 1999, Maro studied mixed media collage with Judith Nadler and other collage artists at Art Center Sarasota. Now working in both collage and acrylics, she paints in her Holmes Beach studio and in the Sarasota studio of Douglas H. Teller. Her paintings have won awards in Colorado, Sarasota and at the Anna Maria Island Art League, including a "Best of Show" in 2007. They are in private collections in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Florida.
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Born and raised on Galveston Island, Texas, gene Aubry has been a permanent resident of Anna Maria
Island since 1986. During a career in architecture spanning fifty years, he designed more than 1,000 projects
including residences, libraries, performing arts centers, and museums. Among his best known Florida projects
are Sarasota's Selby Library and the Naples Philharmonic.
An avid collector and patron of the arts, Gene served on the Board of Directors of the Houston Contemporary
Arts Museum. He designed the Glassell Art School and the Rothko Chapel, two of the best known contemporary
buildings in Houston. His early mentors and patrons, John and Dominique DeMenil, and architect Philip
Johnson, provided him an invaluable education in art through his professional and personal affiliation
with them and the many extraordinary artists who collaborated with him on various projects.
Two years ago, Gene's appreciation for and involvement in the arts took him to another level. For the first
time, he picked up a paint brush and brought together all the elements of this life and craft to painting.
Gene is both pleased and grateful to be able to share these early examples of his artistic endeavors with the
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Richard Thomas is a local artist whose work has been appreciated by collectors across the
country. He has participated in numerous shows, ranging from the Leon Litton Collection at
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Selby Gallery at the Ringling School, to the Ringling Museum of
Art. Collectors of his work include corporations, universities, and individuals including the Kemper family
of Kansas City, Missouri; considered a top 200 world collector by Art News magazine.
Richard's current works start out as two to five minute line drawings. Later, long after the model is gone, he adds and subtracts color intuitively until he feels the formal problems have been resolved. He says "I like the work to progress as I paint and not have a designed piece ahead of time." "Most end up in the trash bin; however, I feel I learn from my failures as well as successes." - go to Meet the Artists
Gifts from the Sea II 12 x 12
Sea Grape Jungle III 22 x 28
My paintings are intimate portraits of nature. Whether I am painting plants or animals I am intrigued by looking close up and painting intimate views - larger than life. The purpose of this approach is to say "slow down, look closely, there is a world of wonder under your nose."
I strive for flowing transitions of color and strong elements of design to create dramatic compositions. I am always looking for that "Alice in Wonderland" affect. I love working with acrylics and acrylic inks because the diversity acrylics allow.
Carolyn Ritter is an award winning artist living in Bradenton Florida. She received her degree from Auburn University and began teaching in schools and workshops in Florida, Georgia, and Washington while continuing to study with nationally known artists.
Her work has appeared in national publications including the cover of the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association, and her paintings of animals and botanicals hang in universities, corporations, and private collections internationally.
The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and Callaway Gardens in Georgia have had solo shows of her work. Her paintings can be found in juried shows in southwest Florida and ongoing at Art Uptown in Sarasota, and Studio at Gulf and Pine , Anna Maria Island.
Carolyn teaches acrylics and creative painting at Art Center Manatee in Bradenton.
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|Robert Harper, III
A self-taught artist, Robert has developed his own unique style, and he paints a variety of subjects,
largely those found in nature. An avid traveler and reader, many of his works are inspired by scenes he has personally
observed and photographed on various excursions around the world. He has studied and especially enjoys those pre 1900
landscapes scenes painted by the Hudson River School of artists, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Martin Johnson Heade.
As a businessman, painting became a wonderful diversion from the stress of the business world. Robert paints for his
own enjoyment, different charitable causes, and his paintings can be found in private collections, places of business
and in various art galleries throughout Florida. In 2005, it was a special honor to have one of his paintings,
"Wetland Sanctuary," chosen for placement in the National Association of Home Builders Housing Center in Washington
DC, representing the State of Florida.
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Charles Townsend divides his time between Marlboro, Vermont and Anna Maria Island, Florida. His works in
pastels and oils have been displayed in solo exhibitions in both New England and Florida.as. Charles'
education included the School of Visual Arts in NYC, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University
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Beach Boys ©Kris Parins
Rhythm and Blues ©Kris Parins
Shadowplay ©Kris Parins
Delight in nature was instilled in Kris in her childhood, spent at the edge of a lake in northern Wisconsin. That same small lake now provides the view and inspiration from the windows of her summer studio.
After receiving a degree from the University of Wisconsin, she worked in fibers for several years. A career as an Art Director, working for Advertising and design firms and Lawrence University, led to an interest in illustration and then watercolor. She has studied with Bridget Austen, Gloria Miller Allen, Nita Engle, and many other generous professional artists.
The unpredictability of watercolor introduces randomness and spontaneity to her work. While she paints a wide variety of subjects, she utilizes the transparency of the medium to capture the effect of strong sunlight; an ongoing theme in her paintings. Since moving to Sarasota in 2003 Kris has been stimulated by the riot of color and texture in the local scene.
In the past several years she has enjoyed teaching watercolor in Florida and Wisconsin. She finds the shared enthusiasm with students to be a source of energy and inspiration.
Her paintings have received awards in national juried exhibitions, and are in many private and public collections, including that of the National Parks. - go to Meet the Artists