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Tim Borski paints unique wildlife art in watercolor, oils and acrylics, and he can be found daily in his studio in Islamorada in the Florida Keys or fishing in the backcountry -- allegedly gathering inspiration and photographs for his art. Tim has a style all his own. His paintings primarily focus on bird and fish species and he waxes eloquent about their attributes and habitats. An occasional landscape or T-shirt design also graces his easel.
Tim likes to write as well and has been published in several magazines. He writes a quarterly how-to column on flies, and has about a dozen trademarked fly patterns to his name through the Umpqua Feather Merchants. He produced a fly-tying DVD series which showcases how to tie specific flies and shows them in use on the water. Check out this link for details. Borski illustrated Flip Pallot's coffee table book Memories, Mangroves and Magic, and twice appeared on Pallot's ESPN fishing show, Walker's Cay Chronicles.
Outdoorsman, naturalist, wildlife rehabilitator and artist are words to describe Ernest C. Simmons. He is a man who produces signature works of art based on his innate knowledge of the laws of nature in tandem with a meticulous touch at the easel. In 1997 Simmons was chosen as Florida Ducks Unlimited artist of the year. In both 1999 and 2000 Simmons was commissioned by the Florida National Parks and Monuments Association to paint the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. Due to his tireless efforts and continued dedication to wildlife, Simmons' paintings have raised thousands of dollars for scientific, educational, historical and visitor service programs.
Ernest C. Simmons' status as a Florida wildlife artist is unparalleled as his work deftly touches and stimulates our emotions. He is also that rare artist who has the talent to capture the beauty of his subjects in extraordinary detail; truly an ability to create life on a canvas. Ernie Simmons is one of the profound wildlife artists of our time, and without a doubt, generations to come will continue to honor the man and his outstanding works.
SUSAN ROLLINGS GEHRING
Susan Rollins Gehring is a native Florida printmaker and painter. She was born in Tampa in 1948 and grew up in Clearwater Florida. She earned her bachelor of Fine Art Degree in 1971 at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and has also studied at the University of South Florida, Santa Fe Junior College, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (part of the University of Tennessee), Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Dunedin Fine Art Center and in specialized printmaking seminars. The focus of her painting and printmaking has been landscapes and waterscapes of Florida. Her focus on landscape has been in both abstract and representational form. Florida waterscapes have been a key focus since Susan spends much of her time with Dunedin’s Saint Joseph Sound in view and she fishes the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County.
She says, “as a native I have watched the slipping away of the primal, the essential, the soul of Florida. I am privileged to have access to an unspoiled area, The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and have based most of my images on that habitat. My work represents the quintessential Florida. A Florida that is a contrast between big sky and impenetrable vegetation, spectacular sunsets and subtle colors of saw grass. There is peace there but also raw violent nature. The exploration of the edge between beauty and violence is a concept that I work to portray.”