When most people think of Florida’s natural environment, an explosion of color comes to mind. We imagine multiple shades of green in a Florida swamp, bright red Poinciana trees, and the turquoise waters of the Gulf Coast. We picture the oranges, purples, pinks, and blues of the Florida sky.
The black and white photographs of Clyde Butcher allow us to look at the natural Florida in a different way.
Doris Leeper was a visionary artist and environmentalist. She was instrumental in the creation of the Canaveral National Seashore, established the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, and was a celebrated sculptor and painter.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Leeper was born in 1929. She graduated from Duke University in 1951 with a degree in art history. After a decade working as a commercial artist, Leeper focused on her own original pieces.
Doris Leeper was a visionary artist and environmentalist. She was instrumental in the creation of the Canaveral National Seashore, established Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, and was a celebrated sculptor and painter. Doris Leeper died in 2000, one year after being inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
Since they were first published in 1591, the engravings of Theodore de Bry have been the most enduring images of Florida natives at the time of European contact.
“The de Bry engravings that were always thought to be based on Jacques le Moyne’s paintings have become the epitome of the best source for what Florida Indians looked like,” says Jerald T. Milanich, one of the most respected historical archaeologists in the state.
When the Seminole Indians first appeared in Florida in the 1700s, they occupied lands where other Native Americans had lived for thousands of years. Tribes such as the Calusa, Timucua, and Apalachee lived in Florida long before European contact in the 1500s.
While the archaeological record contains tools, pottery, and other artifacts, the visual record of pre-European contact people in Florida is very limited.
Since 1992, artist Theodore Morris has dedicated his career to creating realistic oil paintings depicting Florida’s prehistoric and indigenous populations.
For more than two decades, artist Jackson Walker has created realistic paintings depicting scenes from Florida history. With painstaking attention to detail, the artist paints both expected and surprising scenes from Florida.s past. Always consulting with historians and other experts when approaching his work, Jackson Walker provides the viewer a unique glimpse into Florida.s past. This full-color 11. x 8.5. book is a wonderful representation of Jackson Walker.s important Florida paintings.
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