Cocoa Beach artist and resident, JB Buthker has always loved the beach, fishing, surfing and what he refers to as the unspoiled outdoors. A tugboat captain for Seabulk Towing in Port Canaveral, Buthker has enjoyed working on the water, enjoying 40 years of spectacular sunrises/sunsets/ and all of what nature has to offer.
A native of south Florida, Buthker said he has always been drawn to the lush tropical foliage. “It was when I discovered the work of the “Highwaymen” (a group of Black artists from Ft. Pierce who became famous in the 70’s and 80’s for their landscape paintings) while visiting a friend, I became interested in that style,” he said.
His paintings which include waves, beach scenes, foliage, and colorful sunrise/sunsets can only be described as simply unique. He enjoys creating dynamic clouds incorporated within the paintings. The frames for his work include such materials as bamboo and specially cut pieces of driftwood he finds locally. “I sometimes use recycled fence pickets as my canvas. Whatever I can get my hands on.” Buthker primarily markets his work on Social Media and networking with friends. Buthker will have a piece titled “Canaveral Sunrise” displayed in the Atrium of Melbourne Airport through the Brevard Cultural Alliance exhibit program. If you are interested in seeing more of his artwork email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-266-4752. You can also find him on Facebook.