Creating a New Profession

UF lawyers are well-known for expressing themselves in law offices and courtrooms across the country, but Madeliene Abling (JD 90) has found a more colorful means of expressing herself nationally.

A former Orlando attorney, Abling is a painter whose works have recently been exhibited at the James Beard Foundation Greenhouse Gallery in New York, French Culinary Institute in New York, Provincetown Art Association and Museum and Lyman-Eyer Gallery.

In a bold impressionistic style, Madeliene paints what she loves: chefs, drinks, cars.

“Shape, color, tone are what matter when I’m painting,” Abling says. “I’m currently working a great deal with a palette knife. Quite simply, my goal is to put shapes of color on a canvas and make paintings. I love the process; I love the product.” Abling works from studios in Provincetown, Boston and Melbourne (Fla.), and her paintings can be seen at