Historic Island Architecture | Fine Art Illustrations

​“I love the detail of the homes in Key West — the porches and the gingerbread, the pastel colors and attention to the smallest details,” he begins. “The homes are small and many of them are like a set piece to a quaint tropical town. The play of light and shadows and the tropical foliage adds to the magic day and night. Many of the wooden homes have colorful histories of their own — built by ship makers and fine craftsmen, with families showing off their style and status in the details. The old theater, brick courthouse, and Custom House, with the ornate Spanish design of the San Carlos Institute, add to the diversity of the buildings downtown and give us much of our visible history.”

​“I have been playing with pattern and textures in these new pieces. I chose elevations over perspectives for the building illustrations so that it was more graphic — a pure combination of pattern, shape and color. I have used an art nouveau color palette and repetitive patterns for continuity throughout the series and I feel this enhances the idea of old and new combined. When artwork can be relevant now and yet somehow timeless, that’s the effect I’m looking for. There are older, styled elements inherent in the color palette, but the black line and pattern work are modern, graphic and pop. The illustrations themselves are fine art prints; each one is numbered and signed. "

Inside the Mind of Marky Pierson's Key West Dreams 
by Laura Richardson 

It's often easy to tell when someone is up to no good -- a twinkle in the eyes, a mischievous smile, a soul vibration at an atomic level that touches anyone within reach.

Looking at Marky Pierson, one of Key West's most eccentrically creative minds, one might assume that he is perennially misbehaving. His eyes sparkle with what I can only surmise is a reflection of the flashes of brilliance fulminating in his brain. His mouth is almost always upturned in a Cheshire ...
Read the full article from Florida Weekly: Key West Edition here.


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St. Paul's 

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Southernmost House

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San Carlos

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Custom House

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Old City Hall

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Strand Theater

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