FLOR 73 Purplehead Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum), FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, Cassandra Tucker 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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 FLOR 73
Purplehead Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum)


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 FLOR 73 by Cassandra Tucker

Cassie Tucker, "FLOR 73: Purplehead Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum)",

Watercolor,26” x 22”, 2012.(CC)

 

About the Artist

Cassie Tucker is a watercolor artist living in Wakulla, Florida. She lived in Selkirk, New York until 1970 then in Tallahassee, Florida until 1995. Always preferring the rural, country life, Cassie lives surrounded by woods with her husband, Richard, two dogs, two cats and three horses. Exploring art and painting  has been a lifetime passion. Cassie earned degrees in Studio Art and then a Master of Science in Art Education from Florida State University in 1997 before she began teaching. Her previous work, prior to being a stay home mom with two children, was in Graphic Design. Currently she enjoys teaching drawing/painting and AP Art History at Wakulla High School.  Travel to Europe, leading student groups has provided much inspiration for her recent watercolors. She paints windows with weathered wood, wrought iron and intriguing shadows. Sunlight dances down winding alleys, inviting you to seek adventure.

Artist's Statement

. . . the first part of the Journey

Why I do what I do. Some might see the final, finished art and conclude this is what drives an artist – to produce an incredible painting. For me this is only part of the reason why I paint. I wonder about fresh combinations of color for sunlight and shadows. I consider how the image speaks to me, often places that suggest a feeling to me. I aim to reinvent the scene as I brush it into my watercolors, finding areas to play with the rhythm of wet media. Ultimately, teaching art history magnifies my awareness of the sparse trail of women artist. My journey is exploring these and other new ideas; searching for and expressing possibilities.

 

 

 

FLOR 73 Purple Sneezeweed
Photo credit: Fred Nation



Purplehead Sneezeweed    (Helenium flexuosum)
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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