True Tulip

Painting - Acrylic on Canvas

When I was young I began work as a graphic artist on Sanibel Island. It seems like a lifetime ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. One of our yearly projects was putting together a small shelling guide. This always happen around an event called the Sanibel Shell Fair. People from all over still come to Sanibel to proudly display their shells in both scientific and artistic divisions for the fair.

Working on the shelling guides, I became familiar with all sorts of shells coming to our shores. I even did some shelling myself. The shell in my latest painting is titled: Tidal Tulip. If you looked in one of the old shelling guides you would find its common name is true tulip.

Along with my shell collection I gathered friendships with women I worked with in the office. It was hard work with deadlines looming, but often times lots of fun. People come in and out of our lives and those memories leave impressions for us to look back on. I’m glad I got to learn about all the shells in our area, but am also thankful for the women I got to know during that time in my life.