Florida Landscape and Wildlife Art by John Ketley I Artsy Shark

Florida artist John Ketley captures the beauty of Florida and its habitat in his bright, sunlit paintings. Visit his website to view more of his portfolio.

beach scene painting by John Ketley

“Crab Boats 1″ oil on canvas, 24″ x 52”

I created my Collection of Florida paintings based on a personal study of the visual delights I found in and around Florida. I then creatively presented them in the settings I felt they deserved.

coastal painting by John Ketley

“Gingerbread Cottage” oil on canvas, 52″ x 16″

The painting I named Gingerbread Cottage was based on a little place I found in the Keys. At the time, it was used as a nursing home!

Florida coastal painting by John Ketley

“Island Getaway Yellow” oil on canvas, 34″ x 11″

I had such a wonderful reception that I went on to investigate places known for the perfect Florida lifestyle.

Florida seascape by John Ketley

“Pappa’s Place” oil on canvas, 44″ x 35″

I started by finding the Florida homes associated with  Earnest Hemmingway and based my next creation on the waterside venues he used, painting Pappas Place.

coastal painting by John Ketley

“Bluewater Beach” oil on canvas, 54″ x 28″

Bluewater Beach painting is a creation of my ideal beach home that I would love to own. It has all the features I want in one setting.

Florida homes painting by John Ketley

“Key West Cottages” oil on canvas, 52″ x 28″

I then found the homes built for transient workers years ago—which still exist today, each with its own character—and presented them in Key West Cottages as a trio of Keys delights.

Florida golf course painting by John Ketley

“Pitch & Putt” oil on canvas, 52″ x 16″

Pitch & Putt is a painting created with all the golf lovers in our state in mind. Island Getaway features a waterside home with the balcony I often wish I had. I painted the historic boats used by the Crab Fishers in charming settings ready to go to work with all their tackle.

Heron painting by John Ketley

“Wave Runners” oil on canvas, 54″ x 28″

Wildlife is such a special aspect of Florida. I had to create a painting of some of its beautiful winged stars, naming it Wave Runners. Pelicans have also given me many amusing moments as I fished my way around Florida. I painted them as they settled down for their evening in Happy Hour.

painting of pelicans by John Ketley

“Happy Hour” oil on canvas, 54″ x 28″

Finally, as a thank you to all the amazing creatures underwater, I featured turtles in my painting titled Reef Encounter.

Sea turtle painting by John Ketley

“Reef Encounter 1″ oil on canvas, 54″ x 28”

I have been successful with my classic oils of Florida. Now I am offering a new range of contemporary acrylic paintings about visual ideas and fun phrases. Our current world seems to need cheering up and a reminder to be glad for all we have. Hopefully my work will help achieve that.

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