CoRK EAST, STUDIO 27
Painter – Photographer – Author
CoRK Arts District – #27 East
2689 Rosselle Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204 – 904.476.9099
MEMBER: National Arts Club (New York, NY)
The Society for the Arts in Healthcare (Washington, DC)
The National League of American Pen Women (Washington, DC)
I am CEO/Mulrain Resource Group (strategic planning, marketing, outreach) by day and a painter/ photographer/author (Great Blue Heron Studios) by night. A Jacksonville native, I retired in 2000, as corporate VP of Baptist Health (20 years). Soon, I worked as the NE FL director for a U.S. Senator, whereupon I opened the first U.S. Senate office in Jacksonville, and later moved to Washington, DC. While there for three years, I enjoyed working on the Hill, was volunteer chair for Larry King Cardiac Foundation’s charity auction, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,342’) with her oldest son, and was active in the Junior League and Washington Rotary Club, of which she is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Back in Jacksonville, I picked up my brush, pen and camera after a multi-decade hiatus, and a new life began to emerge. After taking one son to Mount Everest Advanced Base Camp 2, I photo documented the monks in Thimpu and Paro, Bhutan, which resulted in my first international photography exhibition. I presently serve on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Florida Art, and am a member of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Jacksonville Women’s Network, and work as a director of the best 31-physician orthopaedic group practice in the region, JOI.
A nationally recognized artist, I’m pleased to have my private studio at the CoRK Arts District. I kayak the Okefenokee Swamp and St. Johns River, walk the Timucuan Preserve, write books on Florence Nightingale as well as the challenges life presents in my “Re-Rooting” series, and work in my backyard organic garden. A history buff, I was the lead volunteer for Jacksonville’s 2012 Sesquiquadricentennial commemoration of the 450th anniversary of French Huguenot Captain Jean Ribault’s landing in what is now known as Jacksonville, naming its St. Johns River the “River of May” on May 1st, 1562. I am now working with the Timucuan Ecologic and Historic Preserve (U.S. Department of the Interior) on a special event in 2014, the Sesquiquadricentennial of Fort Caroline. Also, I am working on various multi-disciplinary suites, including “East to West on the Okefenokee” – “Maria Jojo – The First Black Nurse in America -1598, De La Solidad Hospital, St. Augustine, Florida” – “The Flora and Fauna in the Maritime Journals of Ribault and Laudonniere – 1562-65” – “Legacy of the Seeds: The 9/11 Memorial Callery Pear” – and the “The Bronzes of Jacksonville – Confederate Park and the Hemming Soldier”. I have two sons – Jeffry (FAU Bio Anthropology grad student) and John (Asbury Corporation). I graduated from JU with a BFA, which included intensive study of the Mayan Culture in Mexico. Presently, I am enrolled at Boston University to obtain her Master of Science in Health Communications.
You know I’m in-studio, when you see me walk my black and white studio dog, Rucker, to the outside or try to catch him as he scampers down the CoRK East hallway. I am pleased to accept commissions, welcome collaborative projects, and speak on a variety of subjects for various organizations.