Original Art by Local Artists


Joanne McLaren

Artist Joanne Mclaren creates abstract and contemporary paintings in acrylic, pastel, and watercolor.

 Inspired by the beauty of the southeast, I create seascape and landscape paintings that capture the movement and color found in the area. Plein Air painting is my new love, and you will find me painting outdoors with groups along the coast. 

Art Escape Gallery Owner


Susan Inglese

Artist Susan Inglese creates paintings in Watercolor and Acrylic 

I use different mediums, such as watercolor, and acrylics. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style of original art.


Sheila Sullivan

Artist Sheila Sullivan  designers. wire and beaded jewelry.  She also is a painter, working with acrylic.


Nancy H. Rose

Local Mixed Media Artist 

Descended from a long line of artists, with art training since eleven years old, Nancy Rose is a professional award winning artist who is listed in “Who’s Who” for American Art. She has exhibited extensively, including in the New Britain Museum of American Art. She is a Juried member of the prestigious Connecticut Watercolor Society and is also a member of Sarasota's Women Contemporary Artists. 

Beyond words, there is a story to be told. Beyond the struggles of the world...beyond poverty and discrimination...there is a sanctuary of Light that binds all creatures of earth. We can take a moment to dream...to wonder...to see the colors of kindness, the composition of possibilities in each new day. We are a people living in a world of wonder. Seeing the world with its everyday miracles IS reality. Art reaches our unconscious connection to all life. 


Keith Johnson

  Keith is an award-winning watercolor painter who does most paintings en plein air. 

I’ve been a working artist most of my life.  I was a professional photographer but now I focus on watercolors. I enjoy painting on location (plein air). Painting directly, I complete most paintings on the scene in one go. It is a fun way to paint and suits my style. Go out and paint, get it done, and have coffee. Even if the painting doesn’t turn out it was an honest try.

I’m a member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and various local painting groups. My paintings are in collections throughout the country and can be seen in several galleries in southwest Florida


Doreen Decapua

Local Alcohol Ink Artist 


Melissa ErlenBach

Modern Artifact Jewelry

Vitreous Enamel Wall Art


Kathleen Hartman

Welcome to my art journey of watercolor, pastel, oil, and graphite


Raven Skye McDonough

Redefining the art of mixed-media and collage.


Leane Evangelista



Jessica D'Antonio

Local Jewelry Designer 


Joan H. Orphanos

Pottery Designer 


Nancy VanTassell

Wire weaving Jewelry Designer

Pottery & Glass Designer

Retsy Lauer

Pottery & Glass Designer


John E. Baldwin


Our natural world is full of color, textures, motion, dimension and amazing lighting.   My goal is to capture the beauty in those fleeting moments and present them in a pleasing composition.  


Barbara Archer Baldwin

Barbara Archer-Baldwin, PSA :  Internationally  known for her pastel paintings, she has also illustrated, in pen and ink, several published books and periodicals, and occasionally works in oil, acrylic. She has written one published book of Pastel Lessons.

Painting pastels is her passion, teaching about them is her mission.

Professional Memberships: Pastel Society of America, Signature Member. Women Painters of the Southeast, Pastel Societies: Colorado, Tampa Bay, West Coast, Founder/President of the Left Coast Pastel Painters Society, Venice Florida.

Schooling: Rhode Island School of Design, Philadelphia College Art, and Temple’s Tyler School of Fine Arts.

She has many awards, both national and local, to her credit,  juried acceptances into many national and international shows.


Laura Pollok

Laura Pollak is an award winning Fine Artist, showing her works in galleries and museums across the nation.

Her works are in International Juried Shows and Galleries and Museums across the nation.


Barbara Gernat

I moved from watercolors to acrylics then oils.  Although I continue to work in all media, I predominately paint with oils. I paint what moves me.  I am a shadow/light painter, a colorist, an expressionist, a studio painter, a plein air painter, a realist, an abstracter ....  a bit of a schizophrenic (?).   My choice of media and style are based on my reaction to a subject matter.  When I observe something that creates a 'wow' in me, I paint it.  I hope to invoke a'wow' response from my viewers.

I learn something new every time I study others' works as well as every time I pick up a brush or drawing tool.  Blue Rooster Studio is in my home in Venice, Florida.  


Peg Normandin

 I create each quilt in my studio starting with design, fabric selection, piecing, and culminating with completion on my long arm sewing machine. Throughout every step of the way I pay attention to each detail! My artistic sense, passion for the process of quilting, and attention to detail creates quilts to add a touch of something unique and special to your home.


Heather Arenas

I am a full-time artist living in North Port, Florida. Much of my work is derived from experiences on my travels across the US and abroad. I love meeting new people and experiencing their culture even if only for a few days. I try to share the feelings I had in the form of light, shadow and gesture.


Amy Weber

Amy Weber creates beautiful ceramic pieces and oil paintings.

My artwork is a reflection of the beauty I observe everyday in nature. It is a statement of how mankind needs to preserve our environment and take heed to his footsteps that are left.

Carol McGill

Going outside to begin a plein air piece is still a time of excitement and enchantment for me.  Seeing God’s beauty bloom daily invites me to come and sit with my greatest teacher – and learn to see:  the color, the contrast, the light, the fleeting moment.  Thin layers have become thick quick strokes of paint applied with a palette knife.  I still tone the canvas, if you will, but I do it while creating a tonal under painting.  This is a quick approach to block in the shapes and values and speed me along as I capture the moment.   I am ever on my journey of learning what the paint can do, and what I, the artist can do.

Her work has been featured in galleries from SC to Naples, FL. Her paintings hang in prominent personal collections from coast to coast. Her work is on permanent exhibition in:  Charleston Mayor's office, Roper Hospital , Bon Secour St. Francis Hospital, Roper Mount Pleasant, the Cancer Center and Mamie Whitesides Elementary School. .


Julie Gauthier

Glass Artist