About the Artist
Ursula is a Cuban born artist who began sketching at the age of 15. Influenced by her neighbor Felix de Cossio a recognized portrait painter, who allowed her to watch while he was at work. Ursula also comes from a family of artist. Years later while living in Florida and never having left her art, she enrolled in a course taught by her longtime neighbor,who then had a successful career in New York. It is from this mentor she acquired most of her techniques, and has also participated in workshops with local renowned artists.
Ursula and her husband have four children and five grandchildren now residing in Lake Worth Florida. Recognized member of the Wellington Art Society, and an award-winning artist, Ursula's works are found in private and public collections. Having been a ballet dancer and teacher, this is the subject of a series of her works, along with tropical fruits and flowers. The majority of Ursula's work is inspired by and reflects her Tropical roots, rich in color, texture and warmth,
She works in different mediums, she is also known by her creations on fabric and murals, but favors working with oil on canvas, her great success has been in portraiture. In search for realism, Ursula has intricately captured the expressions and personalities of her subjects. Today she takes commissions upon request. You can see some of her works by visiting her web-site , www.ursulafernandez.com.
The Jacquemontia reclinata or Beach Clustervine, is one of many flowers that have been part of Florida’s flora for many years and now has been declared threatened to extinction. This specie extends along Florida’s south-eastern coast on barrier islands from Jupiter Inlet South to Key Biscayne a distance of about 85 miles. A study conducted by researchers at Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami, Florida ( Maschinski and Wright, 2006).
In 2011 I joined other artists to create an exhibit of Florida Extinct Species, Anthony Burks form West Palm Beach an artist specialized in pencil drawing would paint the animals and I would handle the flora using oil on canvas, with Durga Garcia and Greg Matthews exhibiting with photography. I then started my research and it was not easy, for one thing I had no knowledge on this matter and second many of these flowers are very small, they live in places not accessible and it is hard to find good photos of them. In my search and many hours on the computer I finally contacted several biologists that were very helpful in sending me data and websites. Samuel Wright from Fairchild Tropical Garden, in Miami Florida, whose works and findings have been recognized, was my source for Jacquemontia reclinata.
Now I needed a good photo something that is hard to get, Mr. Wright send me a photo by Mr. Keith Bradley, which is the photo I used in creating my painting, I now have learned he is a personal friend and contributor to Mr. Wright’s findings.
I found little Jacquemontia so tiny and beautiful with certain shine on its petals, their colors range from white to a soft pink. With this project I not only became aware of protecting our flora and fauna, but many other important details like people who have and are dedicating their lives in this field.