Thelma Daida

Sea Grape Gallery Artist Member since 2006
Fine Art Medium: Water Media

I was born and raised in Hawaii and I was a registered nurse specializing in Operating Room nursing for most of my adult life. Twenty-six of those years were spent in the Panama Canal Zone/Republic of Panama. Spending most of my life in tropical climates gave me an appreciation of bright, vivid colors, and the undulating movements of nature.

With my career demands I was not able to pursue my artistic interests until moving to Florida. I began by taking watercolor classes at the Visual Arts Center with Kathy Bostwick, and have attended numerous workshops with other instructors such as Maxine Masterfield, Mary Anne Beckwith, Kathleen Conover, Helga Flower, and Liz Hutchinson, all of whom were a great influence on my work. They helped me enhance my skills and garner acceptance into juried shows and receive awards in exhibitions.

My earlier works were representational florals and botanicals, but as I progress, I find myself doing more abstract realism and non-objective abstracts, which I find challenging and very rewarding.

I am currently a member of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, The Charlotte County Art Guild at the Visual Arts Center, and an associate of the Florida Watercolor Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists. In February, 2009, I was the Charlotte County Artist of the Month. In May, 2016, I became a Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.