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I spend November and January to April in Gainesville Florida, home of the University of Florida. I paint at the Allison LeBaron studio on Main St with Allison and a good group who help me keep my nose to the grindstone (palette?). Being in Florida gives me the opportunity to paint more fresh food, while it is still fresh, (such as the pears in the painting Four Sisters in Their Prime) and it changes me in other ways too. Today I picked holly, magnolia leaves and a soft pine branch, all from our yard, added them to a few flowers and created a nice Thanksgiving flower arrangement. Place really does influence my thoughts and my work.