An old fishing boat off the coast of Key West, Florida, is anchored in clear blue water. Growing up in Southeast Florida, I wasn’t aware of how different life was in the rest of the country. My winter weekends were spent scuba diving in Key Largo or deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Christmas dinner was held on my uncle’s balcony on Fort Lauderdale Beach, with a brisk temperature of 76 degrees. Water and warmth are at the heart of the Florida Dream. As I exhibit at art shows across Florida, I enjoy meeting people who moved here from all over the country, and all over the world, in pursuit of that dream. This series was inspired by those people.