Alicia Bresee

Alicia Bresee, teacher and artist, has been a resident of Fort Lauderdale , Florida since 1977. Originally from Illinois , she received her bachelor's degree in art at Denison University in Ohio , and her master's degree from Florida Atlantic University .

Throughout a career in teaching, painting has always been a high priority for Alicia. After teaching art at the high school level in Ohio and Illinois , she came to Florida where she was a teacher of gifted in Broward public schools. Currently she is the middle school art teacher at Pine Crest School , where she has been for 21 years. She spends evenings, weekends, and summers pursuing her love of painting, which has recently been devoted to the illustration of countries for My Heritage Book .

Painting in the impressionistic style, Alicia works in oil with brush or knife. As a plein-air painter, she prefers to begin her landscapes on location. In the studio setting, she completes her work, using sketches and photographs as references. She has enjoyed painting outdoors during summer trips to numerous locations throughout the country. Since Alicia's opportunity to illustrate My Heritage Book , she has rediscovered the joy of creating with casein paint, a medium she enjoyed during her college years. She also incorporates pen and ink into some of the more detailed architectural images.

Most of Alicia's painting is done by commission. One of her impressionistic landscapes of the Everglades hangs in the Capitol in Tallahassee , and she has completed gift paintings for Betty Ford, Harvard Business School , and Pine Crest School . Her work can be seen in many private collections in Florida and Illinois . Alicia's daughter, Stephanie, lives in Fairfield , Connecticut and her son, Brent, and daughter-in-law, Linda, reside in San Francisco .