TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (FOX 13) - An artist who has created thousands of paintings that tell the stories of the Bay Area gave FOX 13 a first look at his newest project which will tell the history of Tarpon Springs.
Anyone who's traveled through Tampa International Airport may be familiar with the work of Christoper Still. His piece, "Final Boarding," hangs large in Airside C, telling the story of air travel in days gone by.
His collection of original paintings and drawings of the Belleview Inn, also known as the Queen of the Gulf, is on display at his gallery. The inn was built 100 years ago by Henry Plant and his son, Morton Plant.
"The paintings I've always admired I haven't seen done of Florida, so I'm filling in those missing parts of our American stories," says Still.
Now Still wants to tell the storied past of his hometown of Tarpon Springs. The sketched concept of the large painting, which will be called "Beautiful Historic Tarpon Springs, is also on display at his studio. Right now it's a pencil drawing of a scene around Anclote Key just off the coast.
He says in the coming months he'll study the area, its people, and its history to fill in the details.
"The Greek population coming from the Dodecanese Islands, the cracker populations from the Keys, and the African American populations coming from the Bahamas," make up the early settlers of the Tarpon Springs area, Still explained.
The finished painting will go to the Advent Health North Pinellas Hospital. Still is happy to have an opportunity to create a painting to tell the story of his hometown.
"To have the opportunity to paint about the place I love so much. I was born here. I love Florida," he said.
Still shares history, not in a book, but through his paintings.