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Hi, I'm Therese Payne Ferguson

My journey as an artist allows me to grow every single day. I continue to explore and experiment in the watercolor medium with every painting I create. I love the transparent glow that you achieve the mingling colors or adding various techniques... it's like magic with every brush stroke. Sometimes it will takes me on a different path or an exciting journey different than what I had planned, but always opening new and wonderfully exciting explorations of color, light and shadow.

I am very much influenced by the bright sunny climate here in Florida. My mastery of the watercolor medium has evolved from and is definitely influenced by my surroundings, having grown up along the east coast. From the bright bold colors I use to the subjects I love to paint. Many of my inspirations are from my tropical surroundings as well as the many resources we have here to observe wildlife and birds in Florida. We enjoy the many wetland areas, wildlife refuges as well as gardens and zoos that offer a wealth of reference. It is often from these that I use for sketches for my paintings. I often explore the farmer's markets or thrift stores looking for just the right objects for still life subjects that come to life once in my studio. While some of my subjects are "found" and others evolve in the studio, they all require a creative eye to some degree. I often add more color, simplify the images, or focus in on a particular area to bring the subjects to life, while adding my own style of painting.

My work is collected internationally, in both private and corporate collections. I have won numerous awards and have been commissioned works of art and event posters as well as being a Signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. My work is featured in the 2011 publication of Best of American Watercolor Artists book. I enjoy participating in the art festivals in Florida, and am a partner in Art & Antique Studio, a Fine Art Gallery and Studio in Melbourne, Florida in the Eau Gallie Arts District at 1419 Highland Ave. My work can be seen there as well as many locations throughout Brevard County in cooperation with the Brevard Cultural Alliance's Art in Public Places.