We were fortunate enough to have Anthony Burks speak at our recent meeting. Anthony is a local artist, and in fact is a Florida native. His favorite medium is colored pencils, but he also uses watercolor, pen and ink, and pastels.
Anthony was an entertaining guest, and told great stories about each of his paintings. For this painting, he explained that a friend of his was his model. He was inspired by her earrings. I think I'd love to have a pair like that! Anthony often uses 300# watercolor paper, hot or cold pressed, depending on the price. His paintings remain unframed until they're ready for display.
He is starting a new series of birds with an 8" x 8" size. Here are a couple examples of his large, endangered birds.
You can see his wife, Trina Slade-Burks in this photo. She is his assistant extraordinaire.
For this endangered loggerhead turtle, he went down the the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to study them in person. Click on this photo so you can really see the detail.
Anthony also has done a series of small trees. He told us that they represent the feeling you get when you stand up and appreciate what you have. He sold quite a few of these to our members.
Here are some of our members admiring his artwork.
Here he is with Tom Carey, who purchased this painting.
Each month we like to offer an artist talk or demonstration at our monthly meetings. If you are interested in attending any of our meetings, please look at the "Upcoming Events" section of this blog. Our meetings are always the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center.