FLOR 16, American holly (Ilex opaca), FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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Region 1 Northwest Florida

 FLOR 16
American Holly (Ilex opaca)

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Gerry Yandle, "FLOR 16: American Holly (llex opaca)," 8" X 13", watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper, 2014. (CC)

About the Artist

I was  born in Monroe NC and spent my early life in North and South Carolina. After receiving my BS in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University,
I Worked for a Chemical firm in manufacturing plants  along the Atlantic Coast. I was living in New Jersey when I retired after 35 years of service. 
My life changed with retirement and a divorce in the same year. I had learned to snow ski as an adult and decided to ski for a season before 
moving back south. I moved to New Hampshire and stayed five years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Artist's Statement

After raising a family and a demanding occupation I vowed to learn something new or to have an adventure every year.  Not only did I become a 
better skier, I took my first watercolor class, learned to sail, remodeled two houses, traveled to Europe, sailed the Greek Isles, and found a new 
love of my life. We moved to Pensacola FL and I have continued watercolor painting, stay active in my Church, do volunteer work and gardening. I have failed
at becoming a better golfer.

Painted from observation of tree in a City Park near my home.

 


 

FLOR 16 American Holly
Photo credit: Jeff McMillian

American Holly  
(Ilex opaca)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany

 

Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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