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Seminole artist blends famous cars with famous St. Pete landmarks

For Tim Flamboe, inspiration struck at a car show at the Pier in St. Petersburg.

By Scott Long, Times Staff Writer
Published March 3, 2008


For Tim Flamboe, inspiration struck at a car show at the Pier in St. Petersburg.

"I caught a reflection in a fender on a car down there, and thought it was a different way to see landmarks around St. Pete," Flamboe said. That reflection has led to a series of paintings of classic cars with St. Petersburg landmarks reflected within.

And perhaps not surprisingly, Flamboe of Seminole is most proud of the one of a '53 Buick reflecting the Pier. Last month, it won first place at the Treasure Island Guild Show.

Flamboe, 55, is a graphic artist for Honeywell Inter-national Inc. who was racing midget cars when he was as young as 6. He prefers cars from the '40s and '50s for his work.

"They have those nice, rounded fenders andhoods - and a lot of chrome. Chrome helps."

Talk to the artist

For more information on Tim Flamboe's work, visit http://mysite.verizon.net/tgflamboe/ or call (727) 393.7815.