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.
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.
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!
I had such a wonderful reception that I went on to investigate places known for the perfect Florida lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, as a thank you to all the amazing creatures underwater, I featured turtles in my painting titled Reef Encounter.
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.