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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


You can help me build my audience for my new website.
In turn, I want to give you one of my personal favorite paintings I painted en plein air during the 2017 Joy Garden Tour.  This garden was located at the top of a mountain with views of three major mountains and three states!! (North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina; Chimney Rock Mountain, Rock Mountain and Whiteside Mountain - which I was told as I painted Whiteside that it is the world's oldest mountain!)

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A winning name will be randomly drawn on Thursday August 31, 2017

Winner will be notified by email on Monday September 4, 2017

The prize value is $550.00 and cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for anything other than the actual prize oil painting. Winner will be notified by email and has up to 30 days to respond to redeem prize.  If after 30 days the winner has not responded then another name will be drawn and that winner will be notified via email and will have an additional 30 days to respond in order to receive prize.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

"Old Village Charm" SOLD

8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel SOLD

Another day in one of my favorite plein air painting spots and I just had to capture the entire scene which makes my heart sing. . . but you still have to visit to know what I mean.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"The Pearly Gates II" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel sold

The entrance to one of the most lovely places on earth where memories are made 
and dreams can come true.

"Jennifer Portrait Sketch"

12"x9" Oil on Linen Canvas

I am fortunate to have friends who are willing to sit for a quick sketch.
available at the 
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

"Petite Ballerina"

12"x12" Oil on Linen Canvas nfs

A dear, dear friend of mine and my husband has two cute little girls.  When I saw the photograph of their youngest in her recital garb holding the bouquet of roses to congratulate her on her first performance, I HAD to paint it!
The cuteness abounds and the expression says volumes with this one!!

"Shaded Hydrangeas"

8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel 
painted on location in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC

Available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC  29401


Monday, June 19, 2017

"Jazz Quartet" SOLD

"Jazz Quartet" 9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

For our Wedding Anniversary, my sweet husband and I celebrated with an intimate dinner 
at one of Charleston's finest restaurants, the Charleston Grill 
located within the Charleston Place Hotel in the heart of town.
There, we enjoyed the smooth sounds of a great Jazz group.  
I couldn't resist taking their pictures to memorialize the lovely evening.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"All to Myself" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel  

It's a rare and wonderful occasion to find yourself at the beach and have it all to yourself!!

SOLD through the
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

"Old Village Charm" SOLD

8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel sold

My second plein air painting of today. . . I am inlove with this little village.  The Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC is so charming and attractive.  While my friend and I were painting a couple visiting the area approached us as they walked their Chesapeake Retriever and we made new friends!  It's the charm of this place!

"Diggin' It"

16"x20" Oil on Linen Canvas

While at the beach plein air painting a few years ago, I brought along my son to play while I worked.  He looked so cute that I paused from my painting to snap a few shots of him.  When I returned to the studio to observe my photos this one grabbed me as if to say, "Paint Me!" and so here it is.  

My heart is to convey the awesomeness of life through the innocence of children at play, especially at the beach.  Don't limit me with the innocence of "children" at play; no, what makes my heart sing is the revelation of people and families and animals living life in quiet joy.  That joyful amusement speaks volumes to me and tells the story of the sweet essence of Life in the midst of turmoil and chaos.  I choose to see the beauty and the Love and the Joy of Life; which is, after all, a choice.  I want to point to It in my paintings and remind the viewer what Life is really all about.  I hope that it brings ultimate joy to you as it does to me.

Available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC  29401



9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
available at Mountain Mist Gallery
David Berger, owner/curator Mailing address: 40 Perennial Dr., PO Box 2228 Cashiers, NC 28717 Phone: 828-743-1801
Camp Merrie-Woode is an all girls summer camp which holds promise of memory-making activities and friends.  Overlooking the entire camp grounds is a granite-faced mountain named, "Old Bald."
The day in which parents drop off their campers is a very exciting one.  Parents and campers arrive in the early hours before the "Pearly Gates" open to usher the new session and wait at what is known as the "drop off site."  The iconic and gigantic Old Bald is the first to welcome you and waits along with you from across the expanse of Lake Fairfield.
This will mark my daughter's fourth session at Camp Merrie-Woode and I can say from experience that it doesn't matter how many times one has been here, the excitement of beginning a new session at Camp Merrie-Woode never lessens the feeling of great Anticipation.

"The Pearly Gates of Camp Merrie-Woode" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel sold

The Pearly Gates of Camp Merrie-Woode is the gateway to
many memories and life experiences of girls for nearly 100 years. 

"The Path Which Leads Me Home" SOLD

12"x12" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel sold

On location at the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, I stood near the Ashley River which would have been traditionally the "front door" of the Magnolia Home.  This path leads visitors from the river up to the house.  These enormous reaching Water Oaks provide lovely shade along the path which is also dotted by colorful azalea bushes.

"A Portrait Sketch"

PrismaColor Pencil on 24"x18" Cansen MiTentes Paper
A faithful client/collector commissioned me to sketch one of her many beautiful Grandchildren

Plein Air Paintings From San Diego's PACE (Plein Air Convention & Expo) 2017

 "Cascading Bougainvillea" 8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel NFS

 "Rocky Bougainvillea" 12"x9" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel NFS

"View From My Room" 8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Hey, I'm on YouTube!!

Hey friends,

I just returned from San Diego where I attended the 6th Annual Plein Air Conference & Expo (PACE17), a life-changing event to say the least!!

While painting in historic Old Town, unbeknownst to me, I was captured on video painting one of my plein air paintings (look for me when the scenes change from the indoor scenes to out-of-doors; I'm the one in the canvas gardening hat and grey shirt concentrating with such force smoke can be seen coming out of my ears! HA!!

This event was unbelievable and I must take some time to fully process the whole thing. The learning and net-working and bonding with other Fine Artists was top-notch all the way!

Check out this video and look fast, it's my one second of fame!!! HA!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Dappled Morning Light" SOLD

11"x14" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel painted on location, Alla Prima  sold

The Old Village of Mount Pleasant was our location for this morning's plein air painting group. This corner is one of my favorite locations on which to find lovely reference for plein air paintings. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Still Life with Blue Eggs"

14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel

I found these beautiful blue chicken eggs and decided that they were meant to be painted.  
This still-life had to happen sooner rather than later so these gorgeous eggs wouldn't spoil.

I may get away from it for a while and finish it up, if necessary.

Almost There. . .

24"x18" Oil on Linen Canvas, 27 1/2"x21 1/2" Framed

I've got a few finishing touches to paint: soften edges, develop her eyes, clean up the nose of her pony among a few other things, but it is nearly finished.

"Abigail & Her Pony" 

Monday, April 10, 2017

"A Good Read"

16"x20" Oil on Linen Canvas painted from life


8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel

available at
 the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401


"Hydrangeas & Lemons" SOLD

8"x8" oil on linen gallery-wrapped canvas painted from life in the Alla Prima fashion SOLD

This sweet little still life was begging to be painted after a long day of painting en plein air.  My hostess had this beautiful pitcher of hydrangeas sitting on her kitchen counter near the window, and I painted this as the sun set outside under natural lighting.  As this painting progressed, I found I couldn't see the color in the values anymore, so I had to stop here.  
I like how it turned out despite my race against the clock to get it down before dark.

"Laundry Day" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel painted Alla Prima & En Plein Air
on location in Rockville, SC  sold

 It was a very sunny day and we were painting in the shade of massive oak trees so I saw a lot of dappled sunlight on top of roofs and background items.  In order for the background (house) to remain in the background, I must diminish the importance of the warm tones and contrasts.

"Fresh From The Garden" SOLD

 14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel -sold-
Painted Alla Prima from Life during 
"2nd Sunday on King" at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio 
177 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Morning Marsh"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
painted en plein air, alla prima, on location in Coastal Charleston South Carolina.
available at www.haganfineart.com

We couldn't have asked for a finer day to paint outside.  The weather was perfect!!  It is always so wonderful to be able to share the love of plein air painting with like-minded artist friends.  Missed those who couldn't be there with us today (and love and appreciate when nearby artist-friends ride up on their golf carts to show off their "precious cargo!") 
Today, one of our regular painters took time off from painting with us today in order to make time as she played host to her visiting son, daughter-in-law and new 3 month old granddaughter.  
They stopped by to introduce us to that beautiful baby and her daddy.  
Words cannot describe how beautiful this baby is!  Leslie, She stole my heart!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"Morning Stretch" SOLD

"Morning Stretch" 6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel is SOLD at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio

177 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401  www.haganfineart.com

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

"Oyster Cove"

11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel

What initially drew me to this place was how the low tide reveals such beautiful color and texture transitions in the pluff mud.  Additionally, the low tide reveals oyster clusters and beds.  The rocks made statements of their own until the water covered them all back up again.

If you'll notice, in the back, just under the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse, there is a sweet little cove tucked away from all the boat traffic to our left (out of the frame).

PS- If you look closely, you'll note the many "no-see-ums" caught in my paint. . proof positive of a painting painted out-of-doors. I'll have to allow it to dry down and brush them out (ha!).

"A Gem of a View"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

Today's Plein Air Painting isn't even dry yet and I am posting.  This was the second one of two that were painted this morning.  I may go back into it and work it. . . but for now I must "Look Away!"

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Siesta" SOLD

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD

14"x16" Framed dimensions

"Reverie" SOLD

8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD
16"x14" Framed Dimensions

One of my first "loves" of the painting world is painting the figure 
and I was fortunate to secure this lovely model for a painting.

More to come!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Bridal Painting"

10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

Showcasing as a small example of the possibilities for 
new Brides and Brides-to-Be to remember their special day

I always enjoy when I can meet the owner of one of my "babies"

While demo-ing at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio last Saturday during the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE), I was fortunate to be present when 
the new owner of "Moving Off" came in during the festivities.  
Linda explained how she came to choose "Moving Off" to add to her collection 
and I was able to personalize her painting.  
Linda now is one of my family of friends and it feels as if we've been friends for a lifetime!  
Thank you, Linda!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"Tulip Tree Blooms"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel painted en plein air alla prima

After trying to tackle the entire tulip tree in my previous post, I thought I might zero in on a few of its beautiful blooms against the dark backdrop of trees and bushes.

"Village Garden Shed"

11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel, painted en plein air - alla prima

Our painting group was invited to paint in the beautifully manicured backyard garden of an Old Village resident whose flowers and landscape never disappoint at any time of year.

Even in February our area is experiencing warm, sunny conditions and spring is in the air!  This tulip tree is in full floral regale and its showey pink and white blooms popped in the sunlight against the shadows of the trees and bushes behind.  The garden shed makes for a nice graphic feature amidst the soft vegetation.

Despite the composition mistakes, I enjoyed this process today.  The elements in this composition were so varied in texture, value and temperature and I just "had" to put it all down! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Hounds & Huntsmen"

30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

Featuring hounds jogging ahead to nose the scent. Trotting at a short distance behind are the Huntsman and staff who trained the Hounds.  Hilltoppers are riding farthest behind.  The morning is a cool, foggy start to a hopeful hunt.

available at
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC  29401


Monday, January 30, 2017

"Intercoastal Wonder II" revised

30"x40" Oil on Linen Canvas

adapted from one of my personal favorite small plein air paintings I did from the Point on Sullivan's Island looking back up toward the Ben Sawyer Bridge.  The clouds were spectacular that morning; especially a grouping which seemed to have its own silver lining.

You may see this painting at the Boardwalk Inn in Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle O Palms, SC

available though the
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC 29401