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By Shawna S. Kelsch Florida Today

The soft touch of nature is evident in the watercolor works of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida artist Pam Webb, who spent 30 years cruising around the Caribbean.

Art prints lighthouseWebb is back on solid ground these days after returning home in 2005 to help her husband, Don, Fight cancer,  He passed away after a courageous battle, but Webb remains committed to the craft that was borne aboard the boat they sailed together.

The couple's adventure began in 1977, after the two dedicated five years building the Oases, a 40-foot sailboat pieced together in the back yard of their Indialantic home.  They launched the boat fro a Merritt Island marina, sailing off on a three-decade adventure together.

While the two were visiting islands, they supplemented Don's military retirement income with a card business that he helped Pam create and market.

"Don took pictures of my artwork and we had them printed as cards that we sold through stores back home an abroad," she said.

The couple also used Oases to run a charter boat business out of St. Thomas, ferrying people around the U.S. Virgin Islands for day and fishing trips.

"We hosted so many people from the cruise ships," Webb said.

Navigating among the idyllic islands of the Caribbean -- the chain islands of the Bahamas, including Abaco and Elbow Cay, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and Virgin Islands -- inspired Webb to capture the beauty around her, she said, so she began painting what she saw.

The results are lifelike scenes of the islands played out on canvas and reproduction prints, a sort of historical perspective of nature and life as Webb viewed it among the lush landscapes she saw in a constantly changing art show.

"I did everything I could to capture the beauty around me, and looking at these brings back so many happy memories," she said.

Webb further honed her skills during trips home.  She  studied art at Brevard Com-munity College and the Brevard Museum of Art and Science in Melbourne, Florida, where she worked with instructors of various media learning new styles.  But she always returned to watercolors.

Art prints wildlifeHer work keeps the family tradition of recording history alive.  Her late mother, Elaine Murray Stone, was a well-known local history and religion writer.

Webb has a stock of paintings she keeps and displays at various places around town,  Her prints have been featured on T-shirts for Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant and can be found at the Green Turtle Market in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida and on line at www.pamwebbart.com.  A line of cards made from her paintings also is available.
 

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