May 15, 2011

Coastal Artist - Jean Carlson

Anna Maria Island is brimming with artists.  As you walk into your vacation cottage, you'll probably pick up on the "beachy" feel of the decor.  Many vacation home owners take great pride in decorating their cottages with creations from local artists.
The island hosts several art fairs each year along with galleries in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and in Anna Maria City.  The island is the perfect artist's retreat with an endless array of subjects to paint, sculpt and craft.
A Day at Bean Point, by Jean Carlson
Local artist groups such as the Anna Maria Island Artist Guild and the Anna Maria Island Art League boast large memberships and plenty of activities such as artist's demonstrations, lectures and community art projects.
The images featured in this post were created by my own mother, Jean Carlson.  She loves the colors of Anna Maria and has painted hundreds of compositions  depicting scenes around the island. She uses mostly watercolors to get that quick immediacy of  sunlight and forms.
Beach Umbrellas, by Jean Carlson
Several of our Coastal Cottages vacation homes are adorned with Jean Carlson art.  We've had so many compliments that we now carry greeting cards in our office featuring her work.
 I'm so proud of my mom and hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!  
For more information on Jean Carlson's art click here: Artist's Bio.
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Mom and I on Mother's Day, May 8, 2011