Born and raised in Tampa, Curtis’ love for Florida’s waterways is expressed through his art.
“I feel most at home underwater or paddling. The turquoise liquid light colors of Florida’s crystal clear springs are like nothing else and fill me with awe. I love to share that deep connection to nature through my paintings in order to inspire everyone to get outside and appreciate the beauty and abundance of wild Florida.”
Curtis has created art throughout his life. His interest in art began with oil painting and acrylic murals. He further developed his artistic skills as a stained glass artist in the mountains of western North Carolina. As he traveled and explored the forests of Appalachia on foot and the Gulf of Mexico from his sailboat, his art grew along with him. Curtis is currently painting with acrylics and watercolors. The element of water is an ever present feature in his artwork.
His paintings have been featured in the Sulphur Springs Museum in Tampa, Rum 138 Gallery in Fort White and First Magnitude in Gainesville. After completing the Florida Master Naturalist program with instructors at the Whitney Lab for Marine BioScience and Riverwalk Nature Center in Rockledge, Curtis went on to learn more about Florida's waterways through the Field School program with the Florida Springs Institute.
The artist’s current work highlights moments from his travels paddling the Suwannee River from White Springs to the Gulf of Mexico, the Hillsborough, the Santa Fe, the Ichetucknee and Weeki Wachee Rivers in an effort to inspire people to treasure these beautiful waterways and protect them.
A percentage of all sales of his art is donated to support Tampa Bay Watch.