Jerry Cutler, FLOR 8:"Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)",oil on linen, 44 x 32 inches, 2011.(CC)
About the artist
Jerry Cutler retired from the University of Florida in 2010 after 38 years in the studio classroom. His exhaustive resume includes national juried exhibitions, solo shows in galleries and museums, and numerous placements in Florida’s Art in State Buildings. Cutler’s landscape paintings evolve from his many hundreds of woodland drawings.
Like many people I think of how trees are much like us. We both stand upright. Both have hearts (or heartwood), trunks, arms, and bushy tops. Both species love flowers. The Magnolia tree grows out-sized, robust, white blooms that are sculpted into graceful interlocking forms- just the thing for artists.
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.