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Local Artist

Larry Halstead 

Shady Palm Art Gallery Watercolor Artist 

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Lawrence Halstead

I was born and raised in Michigan, where I spent long days exploring the woods and lakes, accompanied by hours of drawing and painting my experiences. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and immediately entered the U.S. Air Force. After the military, I embarked on a 32 year engineering career designing and testing jet engines, while raising three sons with my wife Carol. After retirement in 2008, we purchased a home in Key West. I have spent much of my life drawing and painting. This colorful island has inspired me to transition from acrylics to the brilliant, transparent, stained-glass world of watercolor. Creative role models include Andrew Wyeth, Karen Beauprie, Rocky Ferris, Priscilla Coote, and Richard Stephens. I continue to learn about this evocative and complex medium on a daily basis

Lawrence Halstead 

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