Dorothy Starbuck- Panhandle- Oil
Dorothy Starbuck was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she developed a love and passion for painting the natural splendor of her beloved tropical state. She has been most influenced by artist and instructor Dave Herbert, and historical artist, Graham Ingles.
Determination, continuous study, imagination, and a desire to excel are what enable Dorothy to paint as she does. Her paintings mirror the beauty, color, and tranquility in the hundreds of tropical landscapes unique to Florida.
Her works of art display an exceptional talent in painting and preserving the images of Florida’s diverse and dwindling, unique, natural features. These range from Atlantic and Gulf beaches and sand dunes, to lakes, rivers, springs, marshlands, swamps, hammocks, mangroves, forests, and pastures.
Dorothy works diligently to ensure all elements painted –sky, land, palms, birds, and botanicals-are accurately portrayed. Colors and textures are precise and vivid.
Her representational style conveys the calmness and serenity she feels while sketching or taking photographs in the field. Her powers of direct observation, pursuit of excellence, and ability to capture the nuances of color, light, and shadow give her oil paintings an authentic feel.
Oil painter Richard Schmid, with his marvelous capture of mood and light, is an example of an artist who inspires Dorothy. His work moves her to reach beyond herself and paint the very best for corporate and private patrons who collect her paintings. Dorothy’s paintings have been featured in the Florida State Capital in Tallahassee, at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. in the permanent collection of the U.S. Air Force and in various Florida art museums.
The Point Washington State Forest and the Choctawhatchee bayou surround Dorothy as she paints and teaches in her studio. She lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, with her husband Bob. They have three daughters.
Neil Adamson, AWS, NWS, FWS- Tampa Bay-Oils
Born in Manchester, Connecticut, and a Florida resident since 1950, Neil Adamson decided in1972 to devote his full time to painting the disappearing Florida wilderness and shoreline, although he continues to take occasional painting trips through New England.
Neil is the recipient of over 140 awards for his watercolors which include watercolors accepted in the American Watercolor Society’s 108th Annual Show. He was selected for their yearly circuit and again for their 110th Annual Show in New York. In the American
Watercolor Society’s 120th Annual Exhibition, he won the Arjomari/Arches Paper Award and his work was picked for the traveling show.
Two of the artist’s works were chosen by the St. Petersburg Museum to be part of its Art Embassy Program. These paintings are on loan to the Australian Embassy during 1989-92.
The November-December 1989 issue of Florida Wildlife contained a special write-up on Adamson’s work. He was the first artist to be selected by the Foundation Realty Fund (Raymond James Properties) for the Foundation of Fine Art. He was invited by the Salmangundi Club of New York City to be the Official Artist for the Coast Guard Art Program.
Adamson was one of 200 artists in the USA chosen to show in Walt Disney World’s 1975 – 1st Annual Art Show at Lake Buena Vista. Since 1970 he has received the Eliot O’Hara Watercolor Award, People’s Choice Award, Governor’s Award, Best of Show Award,
Everett Dirkson Award and the First Place from the Florida Federation of Artists.
The artist has exhibited at National Academy Gallery and the American Watercolor Society, New York; Viola’ Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut; Galerie of the Gold Lion, New Orleans, Louisiana and throughout Florida.
Adamson is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and an associate member of the American Watercolor Society. Has has taught watercolor on location for the St. Petersburg Art Center.
He has had work selected for “Splash 1″ America’s best contemporary watercolors, 1991, also selected for “Splash 2″, 1992, and invited to do a demonstration in a 3rd watercolor book, “Brighten Your Paintings With Light”. All published by North Light Books.
He was one of seven artists to be invited to show at the Florida State Audubon Society’s Animal Convention at Kissimmee, Florida 1992.
Found in prominent corporate offices, Neil’s paintings are in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Canada, England, Switzerland, Puerto Rico and throughout the United States.
Was a nominee for the 1991-92 friends of the Arts Award, by the Pinellas County Arts Council, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the arts in Pinellas County.