It was Saturday night. I was standing on southwestern tip of Key West looking off into a cloudy sunset when I was broadcasting on my Facebook Live video and casually mentioned that there would be some exciting news coming up. Most probably missed it as I quickly glossed over it, but here it is.

27 nautical miles north of Boston, MA lay an old fishing village located on the Inner Harbor of Gloucester, MA. A peninsula named Rocky Neck just out into this harbor and serves as home to one of the oldest continually operating art colonies in the United States, the Rocky Neck Artist Colony.

This peninsula attracted artists such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Frank Duveneck, Childe Hassam all who lived and worked on Rocky Neck in the 19th and early 20th centuries and were critically important contribution to the Cape Ann style of American Impressionism.

Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Adolph Gottlieb, Nell Blaine and Mark Rothko also came to Cape Ann, charmed by the landscape and working waterfront, they founded a community of artists who continue to thrive here to this very day.

On February 1st, I’ll be traveling to this charming community of artists and fishermen to spend two month seeking out and discovering what so many artists before me have, the magic of Rocky Neck.

I will miss the Florida Keys and my friends there, but this was an opportunity I could not pass up as it must have been to leave the Keys and push off the San Francisco trip another month to April.

Thank you for following along on this amazing journey and a special Thank You to those that made my Florida Keys visit so special:
Andrea and Kevin
Thea and David
Bud and Jenny
and of course Arlene.

Without you all, I would not have had the opportunity or pleasure to experience this wonderful slice of paradise in the manner in which I had. As I prepare for my arrival in Gloucester, I’ll be posting stories from my time in Florida and will think of you all fondly as I recall our days and nights together.

Thank you all for following along.

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