It’s pretty well known that if you’re interested in fish, the Florida Keys is the place to be. The isles are a paradise for fisherman who want to catch ‘em and snorkelers and divers who just want to see ‘em. The allure of all the sea has to offer is the primary reason why people visit the Keys, but having a fascination with the ocean is not something that’s limited to vacationers; native South Floridian and Islamorada resident Michelle Nicole Lowe is a perfect example.
Lowe is an artist with deep roots in the area; her family has lived in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas for generations so naturally she grew up playing in the water, whether it be in a kayak, diving or fishing. Of all the sea life she’s seen over the years it’s the brightly-colored tropical fish that she likes the most and has made the subject of her watercolor paintings, many of which are on display and for sale at the recently-opened Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery in Islamorada.
After finishing her art schooling in Florence, Italy, and a stint working in the corporate world, Lowe returned to Florida and started racking up awards and accolades for her work as collectors began snapping up her eye-catching art. With the opening of the gallery the general public now has a place to go to see and purchase Lowe’s portrayals of tropical fish, turtles and other marine life. There’s a bit of whimsy to many of Lowe’s fish paintings too. While brilliant colors draw the eyes to the works initially, they then linger on the facial “expressions” that Lowe has captured as each fish’s personality is revealed through the mugging and pouting that only fish can do.
Visitors are welcome to just browse the Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery and have a chat with Michelle but there’s art on hand to suit all pocketbooks, including smaller watercolors and things like note cards, T-shirts and cell phone cases.
The Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery is located at 81904 Overseas Highway in Islamorada, Florida (mile marker 81.9, bayside.) The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. (305) 981-6424.
Visit the official Florida Keys Visitor website.