In 2010, my family moved into our new home in our new neighborhood, Bayside Landing. This is a beautiful, colorful neighborhood was brought about by Habitat for Humanity of the Lower Keys, working to provide quality affordable homes for working families in the Keys.
Having lived in the Keys all my life, getting married here and having our kids here, Terence and I knew we would like to own a home in the Keys so we could continue to be near my parents and brothers and sisters. We thought, however, that that was impossible so we continued to rent a small apartment. Then one day we learned Habitat was building a neighborhood with affordable homes for sale. We immediately applied and to our delight were accepted and were offered a home we could afford. After moving in to our new home, I would look out my window at my dazzling new neighborhood and it so inspired me to paint a portrait of it! Here you can see a picture of that painting. >
I gave the painting to Habitat for Humanity as a thank-you gift. Later that same month, President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter were in the Keys visiting. Habitat for Humanity had a chance to meet with him and his wife, and invited me and my husband and our children, Atticus and Archie to meet the Carters as well. Habitat for Humanity also brought along the painting of Bayside Landing. Both President Jimmy Carter and I signed the back side by side!
I love giving back to Habitat for the tremendous opportunity they gave us and other hard working citizens. Owning a home allows our family to continue to live here comfortably. I can pursue my dream of creating art on the island I grew up on and my husband can coach the Key West High School Cross Country team.
You can find some of my paintings displayed at Habitat for Humanity's office on Stock Island. I have my "Conch House" prints for sale there and 50% of all those prints sold at their office goes directly to them. All the proceeds of Christmas cards sold through them also goes directly to Habitat for Humanity!
Article of Habitat and my family meeting with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter. >
< Article of me presenting Habitat with Bayside Landing artwork, with my husband Terence and our children, Archie and Atticus (right).
Here's a cool picture of us meeting with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter! >