Bronwen Chandler

First Coast Plein Air Painters

Jacksonville, Florida


We welcome you to First Coast Plein Air Painters (FCPAP). Situated in Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville, currently is the largest populated state in Florida and is quickly expanding. We, FCPAP, are in an excellent location to paint the South Eastern part of the USA. We are situated Georgia’s borderline, easy access to historical St’ Augustine, and coastal waterways.  Floridian’s know we are rich with Cultivated agriculture, tropical climate and breathe taking year round gardens. Historically we offer the earliest beginnings of America’s history and you will be able to call this our home.  Our environment makes it ideal for the First Coast Plein Air Painters to explore and paint year round. 

There is a saying here in the south; “Sit ye all down for a spell. make yourself right at home.  Our plein air group will offers you true southern hospitality.” Florida – “Where the sun always shines.


  Our Foundation:

The First Coast Plein Air Painters (FCPAP) is a group of enthusiastic and dedicated plein air painters based on the Northeastern Florida’s First Coastal line. 

We come prepared to travel with pallets filled with coastal colors, carts rolling down unknown Florida’s terrain, traveling up and down Atlantic coastal line, close to the marshes, rivers, and hidden ponds. We often not only observe the beauty of wildlife up close but we capture it in our paintings.  Florida is enriched agriculture. We experiencing earliest beginnings of America’s roots through the monuments, plantations, and archeologist sites. We document our vision fresh energetic plein air painting. Our paintings become our journals telling stories of a diverse locations along the North Eastern Florida’s Coastal line.

Our History

Founded by 12 original members we have grown to over 100 members today and still counting. The members come from a diverse background and bring tremendous knowledge, talent to the visual arts. Highly motivated and enthusiastic visual artist! We welcome new members to come join us paint outdoors.

Stephen Dunn
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens


Our Mission:

We strive to obtain maintain strong and active membership,  gain opportunities to exhibit, build awareness of the visual arts in our communities, encourage participating in juried shows on local and national level art shows,  develop mutually beneficial relationships with artist and multiple plein air groups, work with both advanced and beginners plein air painters, offer workshops, and foster plein air painting along the First Coast.

FCPAP shall use various activities to achieve its purpose, including but not limited to, group exhibitions of plein air artwork, diverse plein air paint outs, demonstrations on techniques and critics, educational opportunities for membership, develop artist skills,  and annual social events.

Come join in the fun as we paint the Florida’s coast with; “OPEN AIR”


                                                                                                                         Historical Reference:                          

Plein Air painting: We leave the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form during the French Impressionism movement. The French Impressionism offered a new vision distancing themselves away from classical painting.  Impressionist knew because of this little new invention called a “camera” they would need to discover a new phase of painting unlike any art movement seen in the past.  Intrigued by light and its continuous change, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet

November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926

Credit for Top Page Painting: Artist Alice Shinkos

First Coast Plein Air Painters

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