By Shawna S. Kelsch Florida Today|
The soft touch of nature is evident in the watercolor works of Indian Harbour
Beach, Florida artist Pam Webb, who spent 30 years cruising around the Caribbean.
is back on solid ground these days after returning home in 2005 to help her
husband, Don, Fight cancer, He passed away after a courageous battle, but
Webb remains committed to the craft that was borne aboard the boat they sailed
The couple's adventure began in 1977, after the two dedicated five years
building the Oases, a 40-foot sailboat pieced together in the back yard of their
Indialantic home. They launched the boat fro a Merritt Island marina,
sailing off on a three-decade adventure together.
While the two were visiting islands, they supplemented Don's military retirement
income with a card business that he helped Pam create and market.
"Don took pictures of my artwork and we had them printed as cards that
we sold through stores back home an abroad," she said.
The couple also used Oases to run a charter boat business out of St. Thomas,
ferrying people around the U.S. Virgin Islands for day and fishing trips.
"We hosted so many people from the cruise ships," Webb said.
among the idyllic islands of the Caribbean -- the chain islands of the Bahamas,
including Abaco and Elbow Cay, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Turks and
Caicos, and Virgin Islands -- inspired Webb to capture the beauty around her,
she said, so she began painting what she saw.
The results are lifelike scenes of the islands played out on canvas and
reproduction prints, a sort of historical perspective of nature and life as Webb
viewed it among the lush landscapes she saw in a constantly changing art show.
"I did everything I could to capture the beauty around me, and looking at these
brings back so many happy memories," she said.
Webb further honed her skills during trips home. She studied art at
Brevard Com-munity College and the Brevard Museum of Art and Science in
Melbourne, Florida, where she worked with instructors of various media learning
new styles. But she always returned to watercolors.
work keeps the family tradition of recording history alive. Her late
mother, Elaine Murray Stone, was a well-known local history and religion writer.
Webb has a stock of paintings she keeps and displays at various places around
town, Her prints have been featured on T-shirts for Jimmy Buffet's
Margaritaville restaurant and can be found at the Green Turtle Market in Indian
Harbour Beach, Florida and on line at
www.pamwebbart.com. A line of cards made from her paintings also is