The Immortal City

TheOrlando Science Center has collaborated with members of the Central Florida Watercolor Society to create work with a Pompeii theme.


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Nancy Larkin is a native Floridian, a former teacher who has sketched and painted her whole life, but has focused on watercolor in the past 20 years. In her Stetson senior year. she illustrated the student handbook. Since then, she has illustrated children's books as well as a biography on the Seminole tribe of Florida. She has studied with many renown teachers, and traveled extensively, painting in Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. Nancy, retired from teaching and raising a family, now finds herself back in the classroom teaching children and adults. One of her favorite annual classes for the past 15 years is in card making in the batik style, with watercolor, hot wax and rice paper. Nancy is an member of the Central Florida Watercolor Society where she served as their charter president, as well as several regional watercolor societies. She lives in Altamonte Springs and can be reached at nslaxid@gmail.com

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"Pompei - 1958"
Watercolor, 2019

I visited the ruins of Pompeii over 60 years ago, which inspired this watercolor. My original slide was in black and white. Keeping in harmony with this early photograph, I decided to render my interpretation in sepia tones, exclusively.

Back in the late 50’s, the treasure of Pompeii was also a popular tourist destination. Since then, submerged sections of the city continue to be uncovered and restored by world renowned archeologists. What I saw in 1958 was a mere tip of the iceberg of what is visible today. I look forward to revisiting Pompeii this summer and discovering what has transpired since my early visit.