A Taste of Old Florida {Florida Highwaymen Paintings}

I spent a week in Florida this month…

…..spending time with my mom and sisters, while hubby was working and then off to a Softball training camp.

My sister lives in North Central Florida…a place that reminds me of the book, The Yearling.

…..Old Florida they call it.


My friend Ruth’s parents had two paintings…

…..painted by Hezekiah Baker…a “Florida Highwaymen” Painter.


Here is a brief history of these artists from: Floridahighwaymenpaintings.com

In the early 1950’s through the 1980’s a group of twenty-six African-American artists known as the “Florida Highwaymen” used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they would travel and sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece.

Ruth’s father was downsizing and she acquired these paintings…

…..however, they did not fit in her “country decor”.

So my sister bought them and they fit so well in her “Old Florida” decor.


Aren’t they beautiful?!!..

Now this cabinet was where the organ is now…had to do a bit of rearranging to accommodate the organ.

A small curio was relocated to the dining room…oh that domino effect!



And what’s a Florida vignette without a great conch shell and red spiny coral…all real!!


My sister already had this great set of cranes…a perfect compliment to these paintings.



The frames are just plain moulding…painted white with brush strokes of gold…very simple.

Across the hall is an antique buffet…


We added the Ikea “lanternesque” container and filled it with Pottery Barn Shell potpourri…


Now why didn’t I pick up one of those pretties!…on my next Ikea visit!


The small curio landed in the dining room…we placed her Roseville lamp with that great shade…

…..along with her Roseville bowl and cute deer on the surface.



The next few pics are of a project that my brother in law’s FAA mechanic is working on:

He has a 1945’ish (I forgot) Piper Cub…along with a Cessna..


The green metal and wood frame are the wings that are being re-constructed..


A tedius process…

The next time I am there, I must show the rest of the hangar…as it also houses his man cave of a vintage pool table, a vintage coke machine, full bathroom…a real party place…the kids love it!..I swear the hangar is larger than the house..it may be….

And also while I was in Florida…I was able to attend my nephew’s confirmation…The Bishop came up from Orlando…


Two handsome nephews they are!


There were well over 100 people confirmed that evening….

When I travel to see my family…there is always lots of activities in our large family! A good thing!

Have a wonderful weekend…and thanks for visiting!!!

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  1. I love the paintings! And the history makes them all the more special.
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  2. Linda Miller says

    Love the paintings and other Florida type accessories in Carol’s home. They “fit”. I haven’t seen pictures of Sean and Josh since they were very little boys. They have grown into handsome young men. Glad you were able to spend some time with your family.

  3. Great paintings and I love the history of them. The whole grouping looks splendid.
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  4. I enjoyed reading the story about the paintings. They are wonderful paintings and I like the setting in front of them. That’s pretty neat about the airplanes. He has a real man cave!
    That was great that you were there to attend your nephews confirmation. You wrapped in a lot of good times!

  5. Beautiful paintings. I love how you accessorized them, also. You can’t beat a large family can you? Always makes life interesting, to say the least. You gotta fill me in on your new adventure you talked about. I missed something. 🙂
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  6. My daughters confirmation was last week also here in north fl. We unfortunately have lost all our extended family so I know, though they may not say it, the boys appreciated your attendance. Never been a big Highwayman fan but they are now growing on me.

  7. Love the paintings Shirley~ the frames are perfectly suited for the artwork. I’d never heard of The Highwaymen. Glad you had a fun visit in sunny Florida 🙂
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  8. Spending time with family is always a wonderful thing! Your nephew is such a handsome young man!
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  9. Those paintings are gorgeous … and I love those frames … might have to DIY myself some! I have to admit, I’m happy to be in conch country!

  10. I’m also from North Central Florida. A small town next to Gainesville, Fl where the University of Florida is located. Maybe your sister lives close to us. By the way…if you enjoy things concerning Old Florida, then you should read a book by Patrick Smith called….A land Remembered. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. As always thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Congratulations to your nephew on his confirmation.Over 100 confirmations! How encouraging that is to me. What a blessing to share in that with your family.

  12. Wow those paintings are gorgeous! I LOVE their frames! What a great trip you had, and congrats to your nephew on his confirmation!!

  13. Hi Shirley,

    Your info. about the Florida Highwaymen paintings is very interesting. How nice that your sister was able to get those two paintings — a real treasure for her home. I love to fill our home with things that have relevance to our locale, our family, trips we’ve taken, things we’re interested in, family heirlooms, etc. It all makes a house so much more of a home. Your sister has some lovely things in her home.

    Wow, those airplanes are something — you’d never get me to fly in one though. 🙂 I have a real fear of small planes. Your nephew is indeed handsome, and I’m glad you could attend his confirmation.

    Have a great day, Shirley!

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  14. Everything in her home looks so special and meaningful – I love that!
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  15. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says

    Buenos Dias…….I most certainly enjoy your posts and always look forward to your new posts; although, lately each time I log into your blog the ‘ tatertos & jello’ post (such a lovely home) shows as your most recent post but I know you have posted other new entries…..am I missing something, perhaps logging on incorrectly…I then go searching for a new one you may have posted that I dont want to miss…..has something changed? Thank you for answering….Love and Blessings…

  16. Visiting family is always a treat and especially when you get to participate in something as special as a nephew’s confirmation. I love those Highwayman pictures!
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