Brenda Brunderman of Punta Gorda, Florida, grew up watching her mother paint, learning from her, and experimenting with other mediums along the way. Creating dimensional sculptural paintings and fired stoneware are her favorite mediums. She is professionally known for her faux finishing, patented faux brick tool and mural art, and has won several awards for her artwork.
Murals: Restoration of Building a Community
Peter Carey of Punta Gorda, Florida, is an internationally recognized muralist and scenic artist, having worked with David Hockney, the L.A. Opera, Disney, Universal Studios, PBS, and Hard Rock Café. He graduated from the New England School of Art. Carey has completed public and private murals in Punta Gorda and does pen and ink artwork as well.
Murals: School Marms on the Bay
Patrick Cleland of Lehigh Acres, Florida, was born in Murphysboro, Illinois. He turned his passion and hobby as a graphic artist/custom pin striper into a full-time profession after moving to Cape Coral, Florida. He became a well-known local artist and his work earned several awards and was featured in numerous magazines.
Murals: Classics of the Past
Richard Currier of Micco, Florida, is a native of southwest Florida and a 1981 graduate of the Ringling School of Art & Design. He began mural work as a theatrical stage artist. He is a recipient of many regional and national awards and completed murals in Palatka, Lake Placid, and Punta Gorda, Florida.
Murals: End of the Line, Peace River Panorama
Skip Dyrda of Sarasota, Florida, studied art at Kutztown State Teachers College and Wyomissing Institute of Fine Arts. His areas of expertise include watercolor, acrylic, oil, interior/exterior mural painting, digital art, and design, and set design and photography, including postproduction. Over the past 20+ years he has completed public, private, and commercial commissioned murals throughout Florida.
Murals: Our First Firehouse, Ladies Remembered, Tails from the Harbor, and Pages from Our Library’s Past
Keith Goodson of Lake Alfred, Florida, is a self-taught professional artist, having attained this by being self-motivated, studying tenaciously, and exploring the works of many great artists. Keith has painted murals for towns across Florida; most notably 19 murals in Lake Placid, as well as ones in Titusville, Lake City, and Avon Park. In addition, he has worked for major companies like Universal Studios, Disney, and Sea World as an artist and consultant.
Murals: Historic Punta Gorda Army Air Field, Captivating Charlotte County, The Life & Times of George Brown, Boating in Paradise
Tom Graham of Punta Gorda, Florida, was proclaimed the winner in open competition in a mural contest sponsored by Commercial Properties Development Corp., in 1992, by President Wilbur Marvin, the owner of the Punta Gorda Mall. When this endeavor failed to materialize, the Mural Society selected Graham as the artist for the first mural as the people’s choice.
Murals: Original Hotel Charlotte Harbor
Gary Grindell of Alva, Florida, was raised in Cape Cod, MA. He is a graphic artist, a successful architectural rendering artist and landscape artist. Grindell’s assistant was renowned artist and Fort Myers resident Molly Kelley. She has created works of fine art since her childhood in Cincinnati.
Murals: Original Wotitzky General Store
John Gutcher of Tampa, Florida, was born in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. After attending a commercial and fine arts school in Hamilton, he became a commercial printer and owned his own print shop in Tampa. His credits include five murals in Lake Placid, Florida and three in Punta Gorda, of which one remains.
Murals: Original Natural Beauty, Savings Dollars Makes Sense, and original Movie Memories
Clare Harvey of Port Charlotte, Florida, began painting at age eight. That was when Clare knew she was an artist. After receiving an associate degree in Fine Arts, she continued to study a spectrum of art, ranging from human anatomy to glass blowing at the Toledo Museum of Art. She teaches adult acrylic painting and youth art in southwest Florida.
Murals: Recreation of Wotitzky General Store
Fran Hines of Punta Gorda, Florida, studied art at Vesper George School, New England School of Art, and Boston Museum School of Art. She was an art instructor, judged shows, taught workshops, and operated her own business, Technical Illustration. She won numerous ribbons and awards for paintings, and her work is in several private and public collections.
Murals: Original and recreation of Local Black History
Liz Hutchinson of Punta Gorda, Florida, graduated from the College of William and Mary. Her art education includes the Columbus College of Art and Design and classes at Ringling School of Art & Design. In 1999, Liz opened Red Hat Studio in Punta Gorda, which offers classes in oil and acrylic painting, stained glass, and mural design.
Murals: Captivating Charlotte County, Nature’s Harmony, Lest We Forget, and Harbor Bridges
David Lackey of Nokomis, Florida, graduated from Central Michigan University with a major in art and then drafted in the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam. During basic training, he was commissioned to paint a mural in the Fort Knox mess hall. He went on to paint many murals in Michigan and later in Florida. David also paints portraits and landscapes and has won awards for his sculpture portraits in clay and bronze.
Murals: The Great Sculling Race, Early Days of Women’s Professional Golf, and A Hunter’s Paradise
Charles Peck of Punta Gorda, Florida, attended FSU on the GI Bill, studying drawing and painting. He has worked as a traveling portrait sketch artist and plein air painter and has murals in Port Huron, Michigan, Tallahassee, Arcadia, and Lake Placid, Florida.
Murals: Evolution of Medicine, First City Council, Harbor Life Then & Now, Developing Minds & Bodies, The Conquistadors, recreation of Hotel Charlotte Harbor, Hotel Punta Gorda, and Bayshore Lodge
Fran Petrow of Clearwater, Florida, is a self-taught artist, as well as a registered nurse. She paints with a unique lighting style that reflects her intense awareness of the world around her. Abstracts and landscapes in bright vibrant colors, as well as subjects of nature are trademarks of her work. Fran’s oil paintings are on display in both public and private collections.
Murals: The Churches of Sacred Heart
Jack Reto of Port Charlotte, Florida, attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. While in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he designed and built displays and parade floats for pageants, like Miss America and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. He had his own graphic design and mural business.
Murals: Fishing Tales, Flying Times, and Postcards in Time
Magda (“Maggie”) Ruiz
Magda (“Maggie”) Ruiz of Punta Gorda, Florida, is an artist as well as an art teacher. A native of Puerto Rico and avid traveler, Maggie has developed a love and expertise of light and color. There is an emotional presence in her art. Maggie’s work is included in some of the most comprehensive collections in the country.
Murals: The Churches of Sacred Heart
Michael Vires of Alpine, Texas, has been an artist all his life and has been creating commissioned art for more than half a century. He now lives in a remote part of the desert in southwest Texas and is building a permanent studio where he can pursue his own art. His landscape, portrait and still life paintings are in private collections across America, including Hawaii.
Murals: Cattle Drive Down Marion Avenue, recreation of Natural Beauty, recreation of Movie Memories, and The Life & Times of George Brown
Edwin Wang-Ah Yip
Edwin Wang-Ah Yip of Fort Myers, Florida, was born in Hong Kong and educated in Chinese fine art. In the United States, he has been a successful mural artist, and jewelry and wallpaper designer. He has degrees from the Hong Kong Buddhist College of Fine Art and certificates from the Royal Drawing Society in London and the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Murals: Building a Community and Historic Punta Gorda Army Air Field