My name is Verna "Sissy" Blakslee and I was born and raised on the Oregon Coast. I initially started my artistic career in acrylic, painting unique designs on wooden cheese boxes. My market was art and fine craft shows in the Midwest. Ultimately, my work was collected by people from various countries. My interest shifted to oil, inspired by the masters and their style of painting. My focus now is Florida wildlife and landscape. I also enjoy painting still life and adding a piece of "Royal Copley", a well known pottery from the 40's and 50's, to my work. My desire is to create a mood or story in each painting that the viewer can enjoy each time they look at it.