Getting Started 

2000 - 2018

 Hi I am Ed Brown, and I have been painting watercolors of Southwest Florida for 18 years. I started with a small art gallery on North Captiva Island. A boat access only Island. It is the prettiest place on earth! From there I placed art in Matlacha, Ft Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Naples, Punta Gorda, Useppa Island, Boca Grande, and more!

I am currently working on Florida's fabulous East Coast. I have painted over 100

scenes of Miami Beach, South Beach, Ft. Lauderdale''s Yachting scene and Palm Beach. I continually to add new scenes every week. I hope I have painted you favorite scene! 

 

From June thru October my wife Susan are in Maine. I have my own art Gallery there

in Boothbay Harbor named ED BROWN'S WHARFSIDE GALLERY. It showcases all of my

Maine art and features originals and my vast collection of over 200 Maine prints! 

What a place to paint!

What a place to paint!

In 2006 this was our studio for 4 years! 10 ft windows , great light, all overlooking the Cape Harbour Marina in Cape Coral, Florida

Susan Brown waiting for customers!

Susan Brown waiting for customers!

North Captiva Art shows are not always busy, but they are always beautiful! So is my wife!

My logo on North Captiva

My logo on North Captiva

On the ferry en route to North Captiva I photographed this runabout motoring down the inter coastal. I thought it would make a great logo!

Thanksgiving on North Captiva

Thanksgiving on North Captiva

My first couple years comprised of selling art under tents on North Captiva. My gallery was upstairs so I went down to where the customers were! Sold a lot of art!

Selling on the waterfront

Selling on the waterfront

Barnacle Phil's is an historic restaurant on N. Captiva. At lunch time dozen's of boats would circle the harbor looking for slips to tie up. All those tourists and I was the only artist selling art, A SHAME!

North Captiva Fishouse / Summer

North Captiva Fishouse / Summer

My favorite subject: The North Captiva Fish house. It's been there since turn of the century when it stored chests of ice to keep fisherman's catch cold. It was owned by the Punta Gorda Company. There were dozen's of them but most have been ravaged by hurricane's or burned down. Only a handful survive.

Colorful Matlacha

Colorful Matlacha

Near Cape Coral / Ft Myers there is a cute artist - fishing village named Matlacha. It will remind you of the way the Florida keys of the 1950s looked. Stilt seafood shacks on the water, small colorful cottages selling art. I began selling my art in Matlacha in 2003, and if you visit you can spend a whole days visiting charming galleries!

South Seas Sailing School, Captiva

South Seas Sailing School, Captiva

At the north end of Captiva Island lies a several hundred acre resort named South Seas Resort. White beaches, coconut palms, bright colored cottages mix with million dollar beach homes and upscale condos. Above is a painting I did of the Sailing School in Captiva. This photo is from a Island Magazine article.

Selling art on TV

Selling art on TV

My friend Dave offered me a chance to sell my art on TV. What a blast! It was an hour long and I was not ready for it to end. Truthfully, jewelry sells better than Art on TV! Back to art shows!

Our first gallery in Maine!

Our first gallery in Maine!

In Boothbay Harbor we found a waterfront building just perfect for an art gallery. This is our logo. The sailboat in the sign was painted from a photo my Dad took of his friends sailboat named " Siren" The Siren won three Mackinaw races in 1930's. My Dad and his friend both sailed their boats in the Great Lakes in Michigan for 35 years.

Beachside Gallery in Ft Myers Beach

Beachside Gallery in Ft Myers Beach

After the success of our gallery in Maine we decided to open a gallery in Ft Myers Beach. It was Gulfside with the sand about 100 feet behind our gallery. It was a lot of fun, but the building was owned by the bank who got took over by the Feds, and was sold to an investor. So it all came to an end one year later!

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