Nuestra Señora de la Florida
Artist Statement: Our Lady of Florida is a Spanish Colonial style icon representing the establishment of America’s first colony in Pensacola, Florida. In the background are the white sands of Santa Rosa Beach and the Spanish ship carrying Tristan de Luna and the colonists. Today, atop a high dune stands a cross commemorating the first Christian Mass in America.
bio: I have been "making art" for as long as I can remember – and am now 82 years old, having lived the past 65 years on the Florida Gulf Coast. Some of my instruction has been at University of West Florida, some private lessons, but, most importantly, from Phil Zimmerman, Master Iconographer. Have been writing icons for fifteen years, mostly in Byzantine style. Most recently, write in Spanish Colonial style due to rich Spanish history here and desire to show the beauty of this part of God’s creation. I lecture, teach icon writing classes, do commissioned works; have been blessed to have completed rather sizeable installations in churches.Thanks be to God!