Jim Rucquoi, sanford, FL Member Since August 2011 Artist Statement whether in my poems or my picture making, one way or another and all the way back to my first rangefinder at around fifteen, i'm somehow always doing close-up-&-personal -notwithstanding obligatory diversions at georgetown and columbia, commissioned service ashore, mad work on mad ave, and professoring at the city university . . . until at last living pix & poem out in the open with fellow last resort creatives in something called the key west poetry guild. it's now three & a half decades that i'm living & flirting with florida's head-turning charms, most recently at simplysanford.com- glimpses of a neighborhood awakening & remembering. my photopaintings were exhibited at sanford's annual art show, the university club of winter park, and at the local libraries of orange county, winter park, and maitland. at the sierra club of central florida my sound & light performance -journey from the center- nudged me ever closer to mother earth, subject of a lifetime.