Painting in Jamaica: A Tropical Odyssey with Fiona Godfrey


Painting in Jamaica: A Tropical Odyssey with Fiona Godfrey












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When we think of painting in the tropics, we imagine palm trees, perfect sandy beaches and turquoise sea. Jamaica offers all of this and much more, but the practicalities of living and painting in Jamaica are not always what you might expect. On the one hand, there is inspiration at every pass: the lush vegetation, the magnificently beautiful people and their colourful outdoor life, the stunning land and seascapes. On the other hand, life on a developing tropical island can present challenges to a painter. The suffocating heat, for one thing – it’s often too uncomfortable to paint outdoors or in. For another, it’s not really possible to set up an easel in the street without attracting attention of the wrong sort – and the struggling economy makes art a long way down the priority list for the powers that be. So how do you make a living as an artist in Jamaica, whilst still being true to your ideals?

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7 Comments

  1. Eva

    February 16, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Fiona has brought so much joy and beauty into my life. I am one of her students and we treasure and love her. She is an amazing Artist and Teacher. ❤️

  2. Nancy Prendergast

    February 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Just beautiful! As one of Fiona’s erstwhile students (I live in the States but visit onepce a year), I wholeheartedly agree with your lovely homage to your sister. She is a remarkable artist and a patient, funny, encouraging and uplifting instructor!

    • Róisín Curé

      February 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Fiona is a very special person in so many respects. I’m very proud of her!

  3. chammi kaiser

    July 6, 2016 at 8:27 am

    What a celebration of colour! I was born in Africa and colour was so much part of my life. Hats off to Fiona for accomplishing that challenging airport mural. Terrific work.

  4. hyacinth

    April 28, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Beautiful work by your sister Fiona and interesting insight on painting in the tropics. What obstacles! It made me hot to read it but I cooled down at the end with the refreshing watercolour dedicated to peace! The floral oils are so lush and vibrant. More bios like this of other artists would be so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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