Born and raised in a small Louisiana city 90 miles west of New Orleans, painter Genevieve DeMarco moved to Orlando in 2011. Unable to afford paint supplies, she only finished her first painting after being given an art set from a friend.
Even with mediocre response to her first attempt at painting the artist was hooked. She loved it so much she didn’t need inspiration. Five years later she still paints every day.
Genevieve finds inspiration in Florida’s bright colors. When she was young and would see movies or television like Golden Girls, Blow, or Miami Vice that showed butternut colored Florida buildings, she wondered how Florida really was. She was only familiar with white or dull blue buildings in Louisiana. When she moved to Orlando she was very surprised to see that everything was just as she had pictured.
The feeling of Florida is bright and colorful, which is the color scheme in many of her paintings.
WHY DO YOU THINK FLORIDA IS FAB?
I appreciate the diversity of Florida. I’m originally from Louisiana, which is not diverse at all and Florida is a melting pot. I appreciate the different cultures and cuisines. I rarely meet people here that are actually from here. I also get to eat anything from authentic Indian food to Pho.
FAVORITE FLORIDA SPOT
I love downtown Orlando. There's an art walk every 3rd Thursday. I love 1st Thursday's at the Art Museum of Orlando. I also love going out to Universal some days and just having fun riding roller coasters. And the beach, being raised around swamps and man-made lakes I never knew how beautiful beaches would actually be.
I also love Wynwood Arts District in Miami. However, there are places I still need to visit like The Dali Museum, Norton Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and I’d love to check out places in St. Augustine. So I’m sure the best is yet to come.
FAVORITE FLORIDA PRODUCTS
My favorite product would be wine from Lakeridge Winery. They have Chablis that’s to die for. I definitely love art that’s made in Florida. Some of my favorite artists include Vickie Wilson, Lemus, and Victorious Fidelis.
All images courtesy of Genevieve DeMarco