Gulfcoast Folk on Etsy

My Etsy Shop “Gulfcoast Folk”  is a fun way to sell some of the art items I create.  I started making cypress wood fish and painting them in a  folk art style, and after a little research I chose Etsy as one of my marketing channels. Etsy showcases shops by artists and creators of handmade items. It’s a great place to shop for something different as there are so many creative products to find there.  The shop was easy to set up and before I knew it, I was selling my fish all over the country!   I’ve been kind of surprised at their popularity.




Tommy Tarpon






The Snapper School

To create my folk fish, I start by hand cutting Florida Native Cypress planks that I either re-purpose from fence pickets or  purchase from the Crossroads,  a local sawmill located close by.  I love the rough cut marks the sawmill leaves on the wood.  After I cut out my fish, they get sanded for a surface smooth enough to work with.  I paint them with acrylic paint, and usually during that process, they get a name. Finally they are sealed with a glossy UV inhibiting  acrylic sealer.

Many of my wood fish  are whimsical creations from my imagination, but lately I’ve tried creating some fun species specific fish.  I’ve added a few tarpon and snapper along with the whimsey folk fish.  These wood fish wall hangings are perfect rustic fun decore for a beach cottage, Florida room, dock, deck,  lanai or fence.  I can also create signs from my fish. They are perfect to point the way to the pool, the bar, or wherever you want to direct your guests.

If you’d like to purchase, or commission a style or color, check out my Etsy Shop or drop me a line and I’ll get to work creating a special fish or school just for you. If you like them or my page I’d just be tickled pink if you shared on Pinterest or Facebook 🙂

Sea Turtles for Your Swimming Pool?

Swim with turtles In your pool

Swim with turtles In your pool

Looking for a special touch for your new swimming pool  or pool remodeling project?  These 3d mosaic tile sea turtles are awesome!

Created by master tile artist Robert Vogland, they add a lifelike dimension to your pool that will elicit ohhs and ahhs with their realism.   Robert’s sea turtles and other creations can be added to existing pools during remodels, or added to new pool construction.  Robert’s custom tile art while not “cheap”  provides incredible dimension and interest to your swimming pool.

Tile Shower Floor

Shower Floor for Outdoor Shower

Robert doesn’t only do turtles, although he states it is one of his most popular creations.  He’s created amazing lifelike mosaic  dolphins, sharks and more.  If you’d like to know more or get a quote for your pool, contact HydroPro Sales at 813 444 2771 for more info.

For an idea of cost, the basic pricing for the Momma and Baby turtle is around $2700 not including freight from Hawaii or installation.

Robert’s work is not confined to swimming pool installations.  He creates  indoor tile tapestries,  signs, bath and kitchen designs as well.  He loves a challenge and to be able to create what some people say can’t be done.   Check out this tile floor for an outdoor shower!

View From Sadie’s Retreat in Lake Lure NC

North Carolina is always alluring to Floridians. It beckons us with visions of mountain vistas, cool waterfalls, rushing rivers.  Sounded like just the right trip.  We searched online for cabins, and settled on our cabin “Sadie’s Retreat.”   We left Lutz at 6 am, arriving just before the sun set over the mountains in full view from the front porch of our new home away from home.   We were thrilled!   We spent almost all evenings cooking on the grill and watching the sunset which inspired my vacation painting below.

Porch View From Sadie's Retreat

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Driftwood on the Oregon Coast

Driftwood makes me swoon.  I know its weird maybe, but its me. Plentiful driftwood, like one finds on the beautiful Oregon coast sends me to another dimension.  Beclecto Oregon driftwoodDriftwood, I believe, even inspires  Mother Nature’s artistic spirit. She  takes a raw log, a gnarly root  and  a bundle of branches or  bark,  bathes it  with waves, polishes it with sand, then turns it out on a beach to let it bask in the sun to provide rich contrasts between light and dark. Continue reading

Painting on Vacation

In the last 3 or 4 years, it seems that my artistic side has begged to emerge. I now have a secret project on every vacation: paint something. Usually a subject surrounds me and just begs me to paint it. On my Recent trip to Acadia National Park, it was the rocky coast of Maine. I found a perfect spot, on a rocky area right off the Shore Trail, and went to work on Great Head, right across a little Bay from where I was sitting on a big rock. The results I’m posting.
While amateur, like all my “works,” the elements and the essence of my experience, have been captured to my satisfaction and that’s my goal.

Comments Welcome! I want to eventually be able to have others post their vacation paintings as well. I started with watercolor pencils (easy to carry) sketched the scene with colors i saw, and then rendered it into a watercolor with brushes and water and addtional color when i returned home. Here it is!

Beclecto watercolor of Maine Vacation Painting

Beclecto Watercolor of Maine Vacation Painting