Plein Air Florida Title GIF Florida artists creating on location

Suzanne Allen

Port Orange FL

Associate Member

©2015 Suzanne Allen
©2016 Suzanne Allen
©2014 Suzanne Allen

Peaceful Morning
16x12 acrylic on board

Pelicans on the Indian River
16x20 acrylic on canvas

Along the Halifax
16x11 acrylic on canvas

Plein Air painting was first inspired in me back in the 1990s when I lived in Gainesville FL close to Paynes Prairie. I would walk the ridge along the prairie, and painting with oils, capture the edge of the woods giving way to the scrubby marshland. It was always beautiful and peaceful.

Most of my art career has been involved with painting murals; interior and exterior. But in 2014, I started plein air painting along the Halifax River in Port Orange FL. It was like a match being struck. I had found my passion for painting again.

I paint each week with my East Coast Plein Air painter friends. Paint Outs, such as the up coming Flagler Beach Paint Out, are great fun and I love participating in them. I also give a half day talk and demo of plein air painting for small groups in the Volusia County area. This is done in an effort to help other artists realize the fun and over come their fear of painting out of doors.

My paintings have taken on more significance because now I am donating 50% of proceeds to environmental causes that protect the very landscapes and birds that I paint pictures of. I am happy to know that my work is going to the betterment of the environment that is so beautiful and inspiring.

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