North Beaches Walkover
Sam Kates
24x36"
acrylic on hardboard
San Sebastion River Moorings
Sam Kates
16x20"
acrylic on hardboard
Matanzas Inlet Dunes
Sam Kates
24x36"
acrylic on hardboard
Captain Bud In The Mud
Sam Kates
12x16"
acrylic on hardboard
Eastpoint, FL Oyster Boat
Sam Kates
24x30"
acrylic on hardboard
Butler Beach Walkover
Sam Kates
18x24"
acrylic on hardboard
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Sam Kates

 

Sam Kates retired in 2002 after over three decades as a director of history, natural science and fine art museums and institutions in Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. While he is still called upon to jury and judge art shows and festivals, most of his time is now spent in the studio painting coastal scenes that are reminiscent of the old Florida that was still prevelant during the 1940-50's when he was a child. He fondly remembers spending summers with his grandparents in New Smyrna Beach where huge sand dunes still existed and fleets of shrimp boats crowded the local docks.

 

Sketching trips to Cedar Key in 1957 inspired his first paintings of working boats and shorelines. He describes his current style and techniques as "painterly realism", full of detail to document his subjects but very dependent on light and shadows that give his works extraordinary depth and definition. While his pictures are composed on site and reflect actual scenes and boats, the paintings are created in the studio at his home in St. Augustine, FL. Sam was born in Orlando, Florida in 1940 and grew up in Gainseville. He is an alumnus of Florida State University.

 

 

 

 

Studio

237 Moses Creek Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32086

904-217-0263

samkates@bellsouth.net

 

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