Monday, March 11, 2013

Painting the Treasure Coast of Florida

Erik Koeppel "Palms at Sunset" 7 x 11 in Oil on Panel
We've just returned from a trip to Florida, where Lauren and I were painting studies of palms, beaches, and marshes all distributed onto a very long, flat landscape filled with lovely unusual birds (at least to a New Englander). Please enjoy the studies, sketches, and drawings from the trip below. These may result in some studio paintings of Florida down the road.

Erik Koeppel "Study of Inland Florida" 7 x 11 in. Oil on Panel
Erik Koeppel "Study of the House of Refuge" 8 x 16 in. Oil on panel

Erik Koeppel "Study of the Treasure Coast" 5 x 9 in. Oil on Panel

Erik Koeppel "Study of Palms on the Ft. Pierce Inlet" 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. Oil on Panel

Erik Koeppel "Two Studies, Water and Palms" 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. Oil on panel
Erik Koeppel "Palm Tree" 6 x4 in Oil on Panel
And my sketchbook:
Gates of St. Augustine

Gates of St. Augustine again


Fort at St. Augustine

Herons and Pelicans
Sorry for the poor quality sketchbook photos.

Here are some photos from the trip:

Lauren Sansaricq sketching the Fort at St. Augustine

Sketching the Gates of St. Augustine

Painting at the House of Refuge

This studio building housed Martin Johnson Heade, and Frank Henry Shapleigh (amongst others) in the 19th Century when they were painting FL. 
...and our 19th Century inspiration, here are some historic Florida paintings:

Martin Johnson Heade

Thomas Moran

Frank Henry Shapleigh, Fort at St. Augustine

Special thanks to Charlie and Gloria Vogel, for hosting us during our visit, and for sharing your wealth of historic knowledge of the area. Your generosity, is much appreciated.


New Painting at Rehs Galleries:






New Painting at McColl Fine Art:



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Techniques of the Hudson River School Masters with Erik Koeppel

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Q&A and Testimonials (click here) more is constantly being added in the 'comments' section at the bottom.

Upcoming Workshops:
Workshop in the White Mountains July 25 - Aug 3, 2013 (10 instructed days) (click here for info)
NEW An Introduction to Traditional Landscape Painting May 10-12, 2013 (link and scroll down)
Koeppel Paintings On View:
Rehs Galleries New York City, NY (click here)
McColl Fine Art in Charlotte, NC (click here) 
The Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, NH (click here) 
Art Renewal Center Living Master Gallery: (click here)
New Hampshire Antiques Co-op (click here)
The Museum of White Mountain Art at Jackson (click here)
Special Exhibitions:

Marine Art Show upcoming at the New Hampshire Antiques Co-op (march)

Chicago Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair April 26-29 with Rehs Galleries and McColl Fine Art

Bethel Historical Society "Pictures Serene and Sublime" Two person show with Lauren Sansaricq June 6 to August 31, 2013.
Thank you for reading! 

Erik Koeppel Studio
P.O. Box 325 
Jackson, NH 03846
ph: 603-383-7062


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love how small most of studies are.

  2. Cynthia Melendy, PhDTue Mar 12, 11:16:00 AM EDT

    I adore St. Augustine. Fort DeSoto is another favorite. When I lived in Tampa, I took many excursions to observe birds, architecture, museums, and of course, restaurants. I am sure you have transformed the landscape with your magic brushes!

  3. Wonderful paintings and sketches, Erik. Its nice to see you painting along my home coast. You are right about the birds. They provide an endless source of inspiration for me. Looking forward to seeing your studio paintings someday.