Painter and printmaker – www.susanrollinsgehring.com.
I started watercolor painting almost 10 years ago at the Dunedin fine Arts Center. Presently, my mentor is Pat Weaver, a great watercolorist and teacher. Over the years, I have painted portraits, landscapes, still life, but mostly have gravitated toward painting animals, both pets and wildlife. My paintings are done in a realistic manner emphasizing the personality of the animal I am painting. Being an ophthalmologist, I have enjoyed trying to make the eyes the focal point of most paintings.
I do commissioned work and have exhibited mostly in Pinellas county at DFAC and in many PAVA exhibits, including Cool Art and 2Cool Art. I have been accepted into the annual Florida Water Society exhibit on two occasions and hope to be accepted a third time, making me a signature member in the future.
Please visit my website at www.debrathomas-weible.com..
I started my own business, Florida Pastels LLC, in February 2008. My medium, pastels, allows me to capture the beauty of Florida’s beaches, wildlife, and environment. My BA degree in Fine Arts and Education is from the College of New Jersey. I have exhibited throughout the greater Tampa Bay area and am a member of PAVA, the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, the Pastel Society of America, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
I’m proud to have won the Merit Award in 2012 in the Possibilities in Pastel VI show and Honorable Mention in 2011 in the Possibilities in Pastel V show. It was an honor to be the winner of the 2010 Clearwater Jazz Poster Contest. My pastel painting, “Pier in the Key of C”, was featured on the cover of the September/October 2011 issue of Tampa Bay Magazine.
My other passion is teaching. I’m on the faculty of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa. I also give private pastel lessons in my home studio. I hope you’ll visit my website http://www.lorrainepotocki.com..
Susan Rollins Gehring is a native Florida printmaker and painter. She was born in Tampa and grew up in Clearwater Florida. She earned her bachelor of Fine Art Degree in 1971 at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and has also studied at the University of South Florida, Santa Fe Junior College, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (part of the University of Tennessee), Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Dunedin Fine Art Center and in Specialized Printmaking Seminars. The focus of her painting and printmaking has been landscapes and waterscapes of Florida.
Florida waterscapes have been a key focus since Susan spends much of her time with Dunedin’s Saint Joseph Sound and she fishes the Chassahowitzka national wildlife refuge in Citrus County. “As a native I have watched the slipping away of the primal, the essential, the soul of Florida. I am privileged to have access to an unspoiled area, The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and have based most of my recent images on that habitat. This work represents to me the quintessential Florida. Florida is such a contrast between big sky and impenetrable vegetation, spectacular sunsets and subtle colors of saw grass. There is peace there but also raw violent nature.”
To see more of Susan’s work www.susanrollinsgehring.com
I make, glaze and fire ceramic elements which I incorporate into my acrylic painting. The resulting texture of bright, shiny ceramic superimposed on the flat acrylic has an intriguing “trompe-l’oeil” effect..