Palm Beach Gardens' realist painter Carin Wagner works mostly in oil and sows a theme of environmental protection. Her work includes "Reflect," a tree's shimmering reflection in water, and "Reflect With Branch," complete with an actual bough. Her inspiration: an evening walk through Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables and a sighting of a stand of trees with white blossoms, surrounded by zebra butterflies.
"Trees became my muse. They provide beauty, shade, clean air, shelter for many animals, and food for most of the earth's creatures," Wagner said. "The paintings are a plea to help protect our planetary home so we can continue to thrive."