Taking time out to smell the roses is not always easy, according to Florida Wildlife Studios Artist & Art Director Jacque Lyn Palomaki. 

"In our busy lives, we miss out on so many of God's natural and unique gifts," she says.

"I've had the pleasure of going places off the beaten path."

That's where she finds, she says, her inspiration "to preserve what I've seen and transfer it to canvas.

"That's my way of bringing the beauty of Florida to others."

On many/most of her landscape paintings she's included the GPS location "so anyone who desires to go to that specific place to experience and see it, can do so."

A memory of a Lake Winterset Boat House in Winter Haven, Florida. 

Florida Wildlife/Landscape Artist Jacque Lyn Palomaki of Winter Haven fell in love with Florida on her first visit, in 1977. The I-75 "Welcome to Florida" sign took root, though it took the family nearly 10 years to make the trip from Illinois a one-way event. Her artistic career was born when she began painting on coconuts and shells, quickly graduating to furniture-decoration. She soon began painting the love of her life - Florida Outdoors - and continues to this day.

This Florida Cracker Cattle Mother and calf, also known as Andalusian, were standing along the Dead River. The Dead River is located between Lake Hatchineha and Lake Cypress along the Kissimmee Chain. 

Florida Mallards descend on the Dead River (Old Kissimmee River) of a morning. This scene occurred when Jacque and her son were in his "Mud-Buddy" powered boat. March 20, 2010

Jacque L yn Palomaki  

Go see it for yourself!

The Haines City Railroad Depot was painted for the Haines City Historical Society.

This little cypress knee stands out as if it were part of the legend of the Spirit Girl of the Cypress Swamp. I call it "Harmony Creek". You may still find this vision of peace in Marion Creek, off Lake Hatchineha.

One of the brightest highlights of our time here at Wildflowers, Jacque says, was being asked to create a painting to grace the cover of Bea Reifeis' latest book, "Frostproof Treasures." It's Bea's second "Frostproof history" book and the cover art was inspired by a 1924 drawing by architect M. Leo Elliot of a proposed hotel to be built near where our Latt Maxcy Memorial Library today resides. Bea found the drawing - a sketch - in a  copy of a 1924 Tampa newspaper. Jacque took it from there.