Hodges Soileau

Hodges Soileau is an Award Winning Artist

Hodges Soileau, OPA has enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning illustrator and painter. His art is featured on the covers of more than 300 books, and he’s worked for most of the major publishing houses in New York along with Field & Stream, Scholastic Publishing (most of the covers for the popular Babysitters Club…

Julie Himelein art

Julie Himelein Fine Artist

Julie Himelein of Venice worked in the nursing field for 35 years before trading in her scrubs for art supplies. Today, she splits her time as a retiree between Venice and Hamburg, New York.     “One of the things nursing and art have in common is the need for ongoing study,” said Julie. “I’ve taken many…

Michelle Held

Michelle Held is a Self-Taught Artist

Michelle Held is an award-winning fine artist living in Sarasota. Often commissioned for custom paintings and murals, her vibrant paintings express her passion for wildlife, the natural world, interesting places, and colorful things.     “I love exploring the outdoors from serene marshes to rickety oyster towns with their rainbow colored buoys and boats,” she said. “I’m guided…

Kelly Reark

Meet Marine Artist Kelly Reark

Meet Marine Artist Kelly Reark – Award-winning marine artist Kelly Reark draws much of her inspiration from fishing in Boca Grande and Chokoloskee south of Naples. Growing up in a family that loved the outdoors provided her many opportunities to explore Florida while fishing and hunting. Pursuing her creative passion, Kelly uses her art talent…