Meet Sam Stoltz and Carl Brandien The Artists of Old Florida By: Alfred R. Frankel SAM STOLTZ— When the Civil War ended, Florida, like the western United States, was a destination for pioneers. In central Florida a large oak tree on Lake Eola marked the grave site of Orlando Reeves, a soldier killed in the Second Seminole War, and the place became known as Orlando. The area teemed with wild turkey, bear, and plenty of deer. Panthers and wildcats came around the cabins at night …and wolves. The ﬁrst settlers built homes, some only a cabin of palmetto logs. Today Orlando is a destination for tourists to, “The Wild Kingdom” of Disney World. Today, if you want a sense of what that earlier time was like, you could look back to the paintings of artist Sam Stoltz. In Chicago, while working as an illustrator for the American Poultry Magazine , Stoltz was called, “the world’s greatest poultry painter.” In Florida, I like to think of him as our, “greatest nature painter. “ I ﬁrst met Sam Stoltz back about 1983 at the old Larry Engle Antique Show in Tampa. Stoltz had been dead for ﬁfty years. My good friend antique dealer Michael Turbeville had a Stoltz painting of an egret and flamingo ﬂying side by side over the Everglades. Brilliant in color and design, in an original pecky cypress frame, it was my ﬁrst Florida painting and started my life long journey to discover The Artists of Old Florida. Stoltz and his wife Patti moved to Orlando in 1925 to test his skills in the booming Florida real estate market just as it was beginning to crash. Patti is described by Stoltz early biographer, Graced Hagedorn as: “a darling person, beautiful, sweet and very intelligent.” Sam teamed up with H. Carl Dann, a popular real estate developer. They built his ﬁrst home in the Adair Park section of Orlando in a Mediterranean Revival style he called Spanish Orlando. Stoltz built many homes in Orlando, their main features massive hand-hewn cypress beams with mammoth ﬁreplaces built of Florida ﬁeldstone. The great size of the homes gave space for life-size paintings of ﬁshing and hunting scenes. The homes featured textured stucco and log-cabin-style walls, Cuban mission tile roofs, multicolored broken-tile terraces, doors and trim of pecky cypress, and many windows.