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Chet Shinaman - Chets Art [Florida Collection]

A longtime resident of the State of Florida, Chet enjoys finding old and deteriorated homes and even original settler’s cabins to paint. For these he generally uses watercolors that help give the scenes the washed by the sun look.

Over the last forty years, Chet Shinaman has traveled around the State of Florida locating and then photographing and drawing scenes that are slowly disappearing from the landscape.  In addition to forgotten and decaying homesteads, he has extensive history and knowledge of the St. Augustine area, the longest continuous settlement in North America.  He also enjoys sketching the wildlife of the state and adding them to his paintings.


Iggy The Blue Heron #1
Iggy The Blue Heron #1
  Oil on Linen, 14 x 18 inches

Iggy explores the garden

Pilot The Owl
Pilot The Owl 
  Oil on Linen, 14 x 18 inches

Pilot visits the garden.

Rocky and Baby Racoons Silver Springs
Payne's Prairie Whooping Cranes
  Oil on Linen, 18 x 24 inches

In the early morning our raccoons come down to the springs for a drink.

Payne's Prairie Whooping Cranes
Payne's Prairie Whooping Cranes
  Oil on Linen, 24 x 36 inches

Payne's Prairie is in the town of Micanopy just south of Gainesville, Florida.
I saw this scene just after sunrise.

Boy in the Garden
Boy in the Garden
  Oil on Linen, 24 x 18 inches

A sculpture is found in storage and brought to the garden


My mother gave the little boy statue to me for Christmas a long time ago, but I never knew what to do with it so I put it away in a dark storage room.  Then, years later, a neighbor’s dog (Maggie, my friend) knocked over our bird bath while trying to get a drink, breaking the top.  Somehow, after debating whether or not to throw the pedestal away, I saw the connection. I took the boy statue out of the dark storage and used the bird bath pedestal as the boy’s pedestal.  I put him at the base of a large live oak in our back garden.  He’s been happy there ever since.  Sometimes, you have to see beauty differently, because otherwise it will elude you.


Country Road
Country Road 
  Oil on Linen, 14 x 18 inches

Our ducks find their way home for dinner


This old country lane winds down to a neighbor’s home on a natural spring. The ducks' keeper ensures that they are safe from coyotes and get their daily quantities of vegetables and grains. Here we see John Wayne and Bambi out for their daily stroll.


Winter Park
Winter Park Florida 
  Oil on Linen, 14 x 18 inches

Spring in Winter Park


On a comfortable Spring afternoon Winter Park offers a small town feel. Sidewalks that go by cafes, restaurants, ice cream parlors and art galleries. Since it isn't as congested as the entertainment parks, it is a nice place to have a glass of wine and talk with friends.


Plen Air Cottage Artists
  Oil, 36 x 24 inches

A The Plein Aire Cottage Artists at work on Indian Rocks Beach 2011


The artist each create a panel and then put them together in the gallery. Their work preserves the beauty of the old beach buildings before modernization.


Old Florida Fish Camp
Chet Shinaman - Chets Art [Old Florida Fish Camp]
  Oil, 16 x 20 inches

A scene found near Homosassa Springs


Cedar Key Homestead
Chet Shinaman - Chets Art [Cedar Key Homestead]
  Watercolor, 14 x 19 inches

Found on a back street of the key in the late 70’s


Cedar Key sits out into the Gulf of Mexico. An old fishing village has turned into a great tourist spot.  But if you drive around the outskirts of this quaint village you encounter the past.  This sun bleached scene offers a blur of deteriorating cabins with the rich undying colors of the palms.


Homosassa Ruins
Chet Shinaman - Chets Art [Homosassa Ruins]
  Watercolor, 12 x 18 inches

Subject found in an overgrown area near the shore.
An early settlers cabin with caved in “mosquito brush-off room”

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