Barkers’ stunning flora depicted on canvas

Local artist Teresa Grimes is set to hold an exhibition featuring a series of ‘plein air paintings’ at Calypso Grill, Monday, 10 December. 

Inspired by the movement of colour and light across the water and the land, the artworks were painted in the artist’s “backyard” in and around Barkers over the past eight months.  

The paintings depict scenes that are dear to the artist’s heart, including images of colourful seagrapes, salt ponds, mangroves and birch trees.  

“My paintings for this show are mainly fast sketches of whatever has caught my attention or my eye,” Teresa explains. “Usually a pattern, a movement, a rhythm, or a bounce of light, from sand to roots to water, and the play of all of this. These paintings are my attempts to share my initial reactions to these scenes back to the viewer.” 

To help ensure that parts of Cayman’s stunning landscapes remain untouched and protected from future developments, Teresa is donating 30 per cent of the evening’s sales to the Land Reserve Fund for the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. This fund goes directly toward preserving native species and habitats for future generations to enjoy.  

“This is one of the few remaining untouched oceanfront mangrove areas in West Bay, and who knows how long it will remain undeveloped,” Teresa says. 

Titled, “From All Angles…Barkers &…” the exhibition will include some 25 to 30 paintings, including studies from Teresa’s latest painting trip to Italy.  

Working mainly in oils and acrylics, Teresa Grimes has exhibited at various galleries in the Cayman Islands along with various visual art shows over the years since she first became a resident in 1986. The exhibition will be the third show that she has held at Calypso Grill. Previous shows have typically raised in excess of $3,000 for the fund. 

The restaurant in Morgan’s Harbour, West Bay, will be transformed into an art gallery for the exhibition, which will run for one night only. 

Wine will be provided by Jacques Scott, Blackbeards, Premier, and Vino Veritas, while cheese platters will be available courtesy of Calypso Grill.  

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Teresa received her BA from the University of Maryland in classical archaeology and classical art. She began painting after a year’s study of art restoration and life drawing in Ravenna, Italy. During the past 30 years, Teresa has honed her artistic skills, attending various courses, workshops and plein air retreats.  

The Visual Art Society, Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Museum have all purchased some of Teresa’s works for their permanent collections. Her work can also be found in private collections both locally and abroad. 


The exhibition will be held from 6-8pm Monday, 10 December.